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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, April 5, 2019 Volume 148, Number 20

13 students issued court summonses last weekend

trend in student interaction Safety website, the primary Control to focus on the en- Five of the summonses As is standard, two BPD
by Kate Lusignan with BPD and has caused anx- focus of the EUDL program is forcement of underage drink- from last weekend were issued officers arrived at Helm with
Orient Staff
iety among students. to “systematically implement ing laws in the months of April at Helmreich House (Helm) paramedics from Brunswick
The first weekend back This year, BPD was one of best or promising practices and May. on Friday night at a registered Rescue.
from Spring Break was a busy 25 Maine law enforcement that attain the objectives of According to BPD’s Face- party after a wellness check At the time of BPD’s arriv-
one for both students and the agencies that was awarded an increasing the enforcement of book post announcing the was requested. al, there were five students
Brunswick Police Department Enforcing Underage Drinking underage drinking laws and grant, the funds will go to- At around 11:30 p.m. on in the house: three underage
(BPD). Thirteen students re- Laws (EUDL) grant by Dirigo enhancing research-based wards educating minors on Friday, the event host (E-host) students, who were friends of
ceived alcohol-related court Safety, LLC—a private orga- prevention planning.” the dangers of alcohol and at Helm called Bowdoin Se- the transported student, the
summons and one student re- nization that provides mon- On Tuesday, BPD an- “looking for violations and en- curity for a routine wellness E-host and the alcohol host
ceived a warning between last etary support and training to nounced that, in addition to forcing the laws as practical.” check for an intoxicated stu- (A-host). The E-host was also
Friday and Saturday nights. law enforcement agencies in the EUDL grant, they depart- The post mentioned that offi- dent. Upon examination, Se- underage.
The unusually high number of Maine. ment received a grant from cers looking for violations may curity concluded that a medi-
summonses reflects an upward According to the Dirigo the Maine Centers for Disease be plainclothes police officers. cal transport was necessary. Please see BUSTED, page 3

Unclear support animal

policy frustrates students
available policies about emo-
by Jessica Piper tional support animals and other
Orient Staff
assistance animals. Bowdoin
When Jordan Hsia ’19 was does not.
diagnosed with general anx- Director of Student Acces-
iety disorder, depression and sibility Lesley Levy said that
post-traumatic stress disorder the process for obtaining an
earlier this year, she found a sil- emotional support animal, or
ver lining. These official diagno- any other service or assistance
ses, she thought, would allow her animal, is the same as Bowdoin’s
to keep an emotional support standard accommodations pro-
animal in her dorm. cedure, and that decisions are
But instead of receiving per- made on a case-by-case basis.
mission to bring her emotional The animals are covered as a rea-
support cat to Bowdoin, Hsia sonable accommodation by the
found the accommodations pro- Fair Housing Act.
cess to be confusing and opaque, A Challenging Process
with her emails going unan- Hsia has struggled with her
swered or being passed between mental and physical health since
administrators until her request she started at Bowdoin, with
was officially denied last week. symptoms including an elevated
Bowdoin is far from the only heart rate and a tendency to fall
college to grapple with policies asleep during class. She sought
on emotional support animals help from both the Health Cen- ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
in the last few years. However, ter and the Counseling Center
other Maine colleges, including and was prescribed Adderall for Women’s water polo players warm up for a game against Bates in Greason Pool last weekend. The Polar Bears came
Bates, Colby and the University
of Maine, have detailed, publicly Please see ANIMALS, page 4 away with the win and are getting ready for their championship tournament later this month. SEE PAGE 13.

How does Bowdoin get its money?

Endowment returns and tuition fund normal operations, donations drive construction
This academic year, the $500,000, including construc-
by Rohini Kurup, Diego Lasarte and Jessica Piper funds available for the operat- tion projects such as the Roux
Orient Staff
ing budget are $168.4 million, Center for the Environment
In recent months there has been a pattern of stories in the Orient up 3.4 percent from last year’s and Park Row Apartments.
exploring the complexities and limitations of Bowdoin’s endowment budget when accounting for The College is currently in
and operating budget. To add context to the series of articles and op- inflation. On the spending the midst of a $153 million
eds, the Orient has decided to break down the numbers behind the side, the College is spending capital plan, which spans six
money that makes Bowdoin run. more on student wages and years: fiscal year (FY) 2017
This is Part 1 in a two-part series examining Bowdoin’s budget. financial aid. to FY 2022. Of that, Treasur-
This week, we look at the College’s sources of revenue. The second Net tuition and fees (the er Matt Orlando anticipates
installment, published next week, will examine its spending. total amount of tuition due to spending $35-40 million this
Bowdoin minus the amount of fiscal year on projects such as
Bowdoin draws its reve- Operating Budget vs. financial aid distributed) cov- the construction of Park Row
nue from three main sourc- Capital Budget er 47.1 percent of the current Apartments and the renova-
es: tuition, returns on the Each year, the Office of the operating budget. Funds from tion of Boody-Johnson House.
endowment and donations. Treasurer prepares two dis- the endowment pay for 38.8 The capital budget varies
The money that the College tinct budgets: the operating percent. Unrestricted gifts, year to year and is unusually
spends each year is generally budget, which is the annual which are donations that the high this fiscal year, which Or-
split into the operating bud- cost of running the College, College can use to its discre- lando attributes to the several
get and the capital budget. and the capital budget, which tion, cover 5.6 percent. The ongoing construction projects.
Understanding the finances is spent on construction proj- remaining 8.5 percent comes From FYs 2012 to 2016, capital
of an institution as large and ects and renovations. from other sources, such as budget spending ranged from
multidimensional as Bowdoin The operating budget pays revenue from renting out facil- $5-10 million per year.
is complicated, but breaking for everything from financial ities and sponsored research. For the most part, capital COURTESY OF GEORGE J. MITCHELL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
down the data from the Of- aid for students, to the food in The capital budget, mean- projects are financed through SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING: James Bowdoin III started Bowdoin’s
fice of the Treasurer makes it the dining halls, to faculty and while, pays for larger projects endowment when he gifted the college 1,000 acres of land and $1,000. His
a little easier. staff salaries. and maintenance in excess of Please see CASHFLOW, page 6 wife, Sarah, later made a contribution of her own.

Bowdoin begins its Asian Heritage Annual art show at Reed aims to highlight Multifaith fellows organize programming The football team in the 1970s was a different Brooke Vahos ’21 discusses the benefits of
Month celebration this week. Page 3. POC talent. Page 7. for the spring semester. Page 9. experience for black players. Page 13. long-distance relationships. Page 14.
2 Friday, April 5, 2019

3/29 to 4/3
Friday, March 29 What is your spirit flavor?
• Several traffic cones were lined up on top on a stu-
dent’s car at Pine Street Apartments, as an apparent
practical joke.
• A fire alarm at the Burton Little (Admissions) build- Thomas Freund ’20
ing was caused by an apparent system malfunction.
• An intoxicated minor, who showed up at Helmreich “Bacon-infused-bourbon baby.”
House while a registered event was in progress, was
transported to Mid Coast Hospital.

Saturday, March 3
• The Brunswick police issued alcohol law violation
summonses to five students at Helmreich House—two
for furnishing and three for possession by a minor.
• Students and staff reported a suspicious acting man Natalie Youssef ’19
loitering in the Coles Tower lobby and at Smith Union.
The man left campus before being located.
• A noise complaint in West Hall resulted in three stu-
“Anything spicy.”
dents being cited for possession of alcohol.
•Neighborhood noise complaints were received from
residents of Longfellow Avenue about loud groups of
students walking on the street and using foul language.
• Brunswick police cited a minor student for posses-
sion of alcohol on Harpswell Road near Chamberlain
Street. Elle Brine ’20
• Brunswick police cited a minor student for posses- fire alarm at Brunswick Apartment A.
sion of alcohol on Belmont Street. • A minor student who was smoking marijuana in
Hyde Hall was cited for a drug law violation. “Barbecue sauce.”
Sunday, March 31 • A security officer found a lost black lab dog wander-
• Bunswick police warned a student for drinking in ing outside MacMillan House. The dog and its owner
public on a town street near campus. were reunited.
• Brunswick police responded to a large gathering an
off-campus student apartment complex on Carlisle Wednesday. April 3
Avenue. The gathering was dispersed. Five students • Evidence of marijuana smoking was reported in the
were charged with furnishing a place for minors to Chamberlain Hall north basement stairwell.
consume and one student was cited for possession of • A student vaping inside Pine Street Apartments Cirque Gammelin ’20
alcohol by a minor. activated the fire alarm. Brunswick Fire Department
• A noise complaint at Hyde Hall resulted from loud responded. “Butter.”
music. Students were asked to asked to lower the
volume. IN MEMORIAM: With deepest sympathy in memory
• Loud noise was reported on the seventh floor of of Maine State Trooper/Detective Benjamin Campbell,
Coles Tower. who was killed in the line of duty on April 3, 2019 in
Hampden, all Bowdoin College Safety and Security of-
Monday, April 1 ficers will wear black bands on their badges until after
• A burnt chicken being cooked on a stove caused a the funeral.

Paging Patricia: A bi-weekly bimonthly advice column

ey for 287 cake spoons. just been on for hours and the frisbee highlights instagram. neighbor’s plants’ does not didn’t get the joke. I still can’t
by Maria Camila Riano, air smells of carcinogenic par- He has changed his name to refer to a palm tree. How can believe it wasn’t scripted! That
Atticus McWhorter and Best, ticles. We went out to dinner Professor M. Snodgrass the I avoid witnessing my room- stuff is hilarious, and besides
Andre Sloan Patricia the other day at Shere Punjab fourteenth, and refuses to go mate embarrass herself for who doesn’t love to see Andrew
and I can’t stop thinking about by anything other than Prof another weekend? Treat laugh at himself awk-
Orient Contributors Hello Patricia, her and the smell of Indian Snots, and he has started -Spiteful Susan wardly? Golden. Perhaps if you
I’ve recently taken up the food. However, I think she has wearing backward caps and spent less time lugging around
Hi Patty, holistic craft of candle making been stealing her roommate’s saying words like huck. Last Dear Sue, a suitcase full of forks, you
I’ve recently attended a using wax from local bees and clothes to make candle wicks! night I found him in the bath- What are you talking about? could appreciate a funny joke
wedding in the great state of occasionally my own ears and room drinking water from his That was so funny! There was when you hear one!
Massachusetts. However, not wicks made of my roommate’s Thanks, plate and timing himself. that part with the building
only was her wedding cake clothes. Due to last week’s Timothy Patricia, he’s changed so that looks like a penis, but it’s With improvised loathing,
not organic, but she had the events, this business has now much. a building? Maybe you just Patricia
audacity to serve it to us on become extremely elusive. I’m Hey Timothy,
paper plates with plastic uten- making big money but my First things first. Your Sad and confused,
sils! PLASTIC UTENSILS. roommate might be on to me. knowledge of the panini press Samantha
This leads me to my question, How do I hide my lucrative temperature is shocking. Pro-
my dear Patty, is it rude to beez-ness? fessor Battle is doing climate Dear Sam,
bring your own silverware to -Anonymous Pike research this summer, and I’m There is no hope. Leave him.
parties? sure would love your input. In
Hello Anonymous, reference to your sticky situ- Regretfully,
Thanks, You should probably not ation (assuming you ate with Patricia
Zero Waste Zoe make candles. Bowdoin policy your hands, shout out to Benja-
is that candles are fire. In fact, min Felser), everybody knows Dear Patricia,
Hi Zoe, please send me your ID num- that you have a huge crush on I hate improv. My room-
You know what they say, ber. Mr. Nichols should be in Ellie Pike. Everybody does. mate is in Officeabilities, and
“Bring some for everybody or contact shortly. NEXT. the past six Saturdays have
don’t bring anything at all.” So, rendered me incapable of
this means, please don’t forget Cordially, Sincerely, ever feeling love. The group
to pack a suitcase of cutlery. Patricia Patricia performs what seems to be
We here at Paging Patricia ap- an icebreaker activity for a
preciate your futile efforts to Hi Pat, Dear Patricia, crowd, who finds it hilarious.
make yourself look like a better Me and my co-worker have How should I handle a boy- Patricia, what are they laugh-
person before we all go up in been flirting all semester. She friend who is on frisbee? He’s ing at?? The duration of last
flames, but would be amiss if makes a mean salad at Moul- begun bringing this strange weekends show containing
we didn’t teach you what you ton, (i.e. she can fill up the plastic plate to Moulton: he ‘professionals’ was revolting.
should have learned in pre- spinach bin). She might be won’t eat out of anything else. I witnessed a terrible job in-
school. Sharing is caring. hotter than the panini press In the evenings, he is often terview: the clarinet is most
Start forking over that mon- at the end of lunch when it’s found scrolling through the definitely a hobby, and ‘the PHOEBE ZIPPER
Friday, April 5, 2019 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF Asian Heritage Month celebration

continues to expand programming


Students of Arabic will finally be able to put their language by Lucie Nolden
Orient Staff
classes toward an officially recognized academic program starting
next fall, after faculty unanimously voted on Monday to approve On Monday evening, students
a minor in Arabic and a minor in Middle East and North African filled the Center for Multicultural
Studies. Life at 30 College Street for the
Rising juniors and seniors will be able to declare either minor in kickoff celebration of Asian Heri-
the fall, assuming they expect to meet the requirements by the end tage Month. This event is the first
of their senior year and do not already have a minor. Both minors of eight that will take place in April
require five courses. as part of a celebration of Asian
The College has offered Arabic courses continuously since 2008, and Asian American identity. The
but students have not previously been able to count them toward programming has been designed
any major or minor. to include representation for a va-
The two new minors will bring the number of minors available riety of identities that exist within
at Bowdoin to 43. the broad category of “Asian,” with
a special effort made to be inclu-
sive of intersecting identities.
BUSTED need for this to happen,” said
“It’s important to create spaces
for students who identify as Asian
In the official statement or Asian American to be able to
Although there was no al- from the College, Randy Nich- have dialogues pertaining to their
cohol on the premises at the ols, director of safety and se- identity, discrimination [or] mi-
time of BPD’s arrival, BPD curity, wrote: croaggressions,” said Arah Kang
turned the conversation away “The College has been in ’19, president of the Asian Stu-
from the details of the trans- communication with the po- dents Alliance (ASA). “There are a
ported student to College lice department in order to lot of great stories to be shared and
House policies. clarify what took place during voices to be heard on this campus.”
“She asked questions like: this incident, and we won’t be Comedy, slam poetry, discus-
what it means to be an E-host, commenting further until the sions of identity and a celebration
what it means to be an A-host, police investigation has con- of the Hindu festival of Holi are all
why we had those roles, what cluded. We are grateful to the coming up as parts of the series.
the house was, [who was] liv- student who called for a well- The month of programming
ing in the house, how we could ness check, and we continue at Bowdoin is inspired by the
host this event,” said Kendra to urge all students to contact national observance of Asian/
Clifton ’21, the E-host at Helm security when they are con- Pacific Islander American Heri-
on Friday. cerned about the health and tage Month, which has been cel-
During the conversation well-being of another student.” ebrated in May annually since its
with BPD officers, the three The eight other summonses designation by Congress in 1992.
friends reported that the stu- received by Bowdoin students It was first celebrated as Pacific/
dent had consumed alcohol at last weekend were given late Asian American Heritage Week
an undisclosed location before Saturday night. Six students in May of 1979 after a Joint Res-
arriving at Helm. All five stu- were cited for alcohol law vio- olution proclaiming it was signed
dents said that the transported lations at Carlisle Apartments, by President Jimmy Carter. Its
student had not consumed al- known colloquially as Light- traditional celebration in May
cohol at Helm. house. The police investigated commemorates both the arrival
Clifton noted that it is not the off-campus location after a of the first Japanese immigrant to
against College House policy to noise complaint was reported. the United States in May of 1843
host events where both alcohol In unrelated cases on Sat- and the completion of the First
and minors are present, as long urday, two minor students Transcontinental Railroad in
as the minors are not served. received summonses for car- 1869, which was built largely by
After speaking with the of- rying an open container. One Chinese laborers. PJ SEELERT, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
ficer, all five students present student was cited on Harp- Asian Heritage Month is cel- SLAM: Paul Tran, an award-winning queer poet, performed in Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill for Asian Heritage Month
received a summons. Clifton swell Road near Chamberlain ebrated in April at Bowdoin be- last night. Tran is poetry editor at The Offing and Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.
received a criminal charge Street and the other was cited cause May is the final month of they also planned events that will rived at Bowdoin. Harris said the plurality of experiences at Bow-
for furnishing a location for on Belmont Street. the semester and is dominated by be new for this year’s celebration. longer window for programming doin and create a space where all
minors to consume alcohol. Students of all class years reading period and finals week. Kang oversaw all the planning, will make it easier to reach more individuals can feel empowered to
Simon Chow ’19, the A-host, have noticed the increase in Many other colleges and univer- working with a team of six ASA students, since most have busy share their expression of identity
received a criminal charge for interaction with BPD at both sities do the same thing. executive board members and a schedules. and culture.
furnishing alcohol to minors. on- and off-campus events. Director of the Student Center first-year committee. “With so many competing in- “I think it’s important, when
The three additional students “In my four years here, I for Multicultural Life Benjamin “This is the largest amount of terests on campus and things that it comes to talking about differ-
received civil charges for pos- have noticed that BPD has Harris said the goal of his office programming that we have ever are happening, how can we get ent identities, that people have
session of alcohol by a minor. been cracking down more on was to support student groups in done for our heritage month,” them to have programming that’s an opportunity to express their
“[The officer] decided that, … College House parties,” said creating events on campus that Kang said. more effective and that can reach a culture and their contribution to
because there was an event Chow. “With [the] Quinby best reflected students’ interests. Guests visiting Bowdoin as broad number of students?” Har- the larger American experiment,”
with alcohol served and intox- House and Mac House Cold Rather than determining and or- part of the celebration include ris said. “One week makes it a little Harris said.
icated minors were present, I War [Party] that happened ganizing all of the programming Paul Tran, a slam poet who per- bit challenging to try to do four or Kang is also excited about the
had furnished the place and [last year] and then this past itself, the Center brought together formed last night at Jack Magee’s five programs in a week. I’d rather chance for Asian students to share
[Chow] had furnished the al- weekend, Helm House, I think a variety of existing organiza- Pub and Grill. and Lisa Ko, an do four or five programs for the the experiences related to their
cohol,” said Clifton. that there has been an increase tions—including ASA, the Asian award-winning novelist. Kang is month, and therefore you can ac- identities with the broader campus
In the past, BPD has mostly in surveillance and also crack- Studies Department and even the particularly looking forward to tually spread out some of the love community.
issued summonses to students ing down.” English Department—in their a panel of faculty and students and give opportunities for folks “[I hope] that there will be
in response to noise com- Chow raised concerns conceptualization and promotion called “The Untold: Diverse to actually attend and not have to further understanding of the stu-
plaints or visible violations of about whether Bowdoin stu- of events. Stories of Asian Americans at compromise work and school.” dents who identify as Asian from
the law, such as students car- dents could continue to use Kang said that ASA started Bowdoin,” an intersectional con- Despite the extension, limited the Bowdoin community and for
rying open containers of alco- the E- and A-host system to planning for the celebration in versation that will focus on the time and the busy lives of Bow- students to potentially learn new
hol. Neither happened during host events in light of these November, searching for keynote question, “When did you realize doin students mean that not every things that they might not have
Friday’s party. developments. speakers and performers and that you were Asian?” iteration of Asian identity can be known before,” said Kang. “I also
“[BPD] wasn’t there to “I think there needs to be a reaching out to agencies and nota- This is the third year the cel- explicitly represented during the hope the month will bring a sense
investigate the party—[they reevaluation of College poli- ble figures. ASA members decided ebration will last for an entire month’s events. Still, Harris be- of pride and a chance for Asian
were] there for the safety of a cies and also responsibility of on certain events from last year month, as opposed to a week, lieves that April’s programming students to embrace their heritage
student, so there was really no where that lies,” he said. to keep and improve upon, but as was the case before Harris ar- will further dialogue about the and culture.”

4 NEWS Friday, April 5, 2019

Executive order links free speech to federal funds

freedom of inquiry. said that the executive order really thoughtful, hard, ear- matics Eric Gaze also warned “We’ve brought a lot of
by Anthony Yanez The actual rules that col- isn’t something he thinks nest work that is going on,” of the potential issues that speakers, but Bowdoin isn’t
Orient Staff
leges must abide by have not about, as no policy is likely to said Rose. could arise from the existence going to suddenly change if
On March 21, President changed. According to the change as a result. He believes He joined other college of a central authority on free we just hit certain boxes, like
Trump signed an executive order, public institutions must that Bowdoin students and and university presidents— speech. He said it was danger- three liberal speakers, three
order which mandated that comply with the first amend- the community upholding the including Bob Zimmer, presi- ous to tie research funding to conservatives, we’re done,”
colleges receiving federal ment and private institutions College’s values of free inqui- dent of the University of Chi- the judgments of one authority. said Francisco Navarro ’19,
funds must uphold the prin- must comply with their own ry and engagement with ideas cago, one of the few schools “Who gets to decide that, president of the Bowdoin Col-
ciples of free speech. While stated free speech policies. both pleasant and unpleasant, with specific free speech ‘both sides of an issue are val- lege Republicans, which has
the order has the potential Both types of institutions were independent of any govern- guidelines—in denouncing id,’ or deserve sort of the same sponsored the visits of several
to increase anxieties around governed by these regulations ment regulation. the executive order. weight?” he said. guest speakers this year.
what has been a hot-button before the order was passed. Like most universities, “[Zimmer] has said pub- It is difficult to quanti- He noted that the respon-
topic for years, Bowdoin is The key impact of the order is Bowdoin operates without a licly that this issue is no place fy the intellectual diversity sibility lies not just with who
not concerned. that it applies new pressure via specific statement of policies for the government to be in- present on Bowdoin’s campus. brings the speakers, but with
The executive order utiliz- the avenue of federal regula- regarding free speech. Rose volved in,” said Rose. “In an Based on the events listed in who shows up.
es federal research funds as tion of research funds. says such a policy is not nec- ironic way, at the same time the calendar and invited vis- “Things don't happen that
leverage over schools. Twelve The funds the order lever- essarily because Bowdoin has that they are making some itors that have spoken at the way,” Navarro said. “Not all
different grant-giving federal ages are only those involved developed a general ethos notion of an argument about College this academic year, students go to talks.”
agencies, from the Depart- with research. Student aid over the course of its history free speech, they're setting liberal speakers do slight- The executive order also
ment of Agriculture to the funding remains untouched. that guides its approach to themselves up to be one of the ly outnumber conservative advocates for increased trans-
National Science Foundation, It remains to be seen what free speech. arbiters of what's appropriate speakers. Many of the speak- parency in college debt data.
are implicated in the order. policies, if any, will be rolled “I’m very comfortable with speech and what is not, which ers invited to campus receive It will require schools to re-
Each has been ordered to out to assess colleges’ support how we do what we do, and is one of the things that we all sponsorships and co-spon- port default rates on various
ensure that institutions that of free inquiry. having a stated policy about want to avoid.” sorships from a variety of stu- types of loans taken out by
receive grants are promoting President Clayton Rose that isn’t going to change the Senior Lecturer in Mathe- dent groups. students.


attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder, but still found herself
struggling. Since the summer
after her sophomore year, she
lived intermittently with her cat,
a calico named Naomi, which
she found helpful for her mental
health. This past fall, though, the
Office of Residential Life told her
that the cat could not live in her
dorm due to Bowdoin’s no-pets
In June 2018, Hsia reached
out to a Portland-based psychol-
ogist that Counseling Services
had recommended. She found
it difficult to schedule an ap-
pointment, but ultimately met
the psychologist in October and
underwent psychoneurological
testing, which included an IQ
test and a Rorschach test. In Feb-
ruary, she received her results,
which included diagnoses of
general anxiety disorder, depres-
sion and post-traumatic stress
Based on these results, Hsia
discussed the possibility of an
emotional support animal with
the on-campus counselor she
had seen for several years, who
agreed to write her a letter. Cer-
tain studies have found emotion- SEEKING SUPPORT: Following a lengthy process, students who requested support animals at Bowdoin had their requests denied or were unable to bring the animal their residence after approval.
al support animals to be effective recommended an emotional sup- emotional support animals. gist twice before receiving her they tried to work through that having an emotional sup-
in treating several psychiatric port animal, while the off-cam- Individuals must “have a dis- diagnoses. the logistics of bringing their port animal was not worth it.
disorders. pus psychologist had not. ability-related need for an as- The Fair Housing Act also cat to campus, they found the Moving Forward
Hsia also met with Levy to “Although you may believe sistance animal,” and the hous- gives housing providers the additional rules to be overly In the fall of 2017, following
discuss the College’s emotional that having a cat in residence ing provider can ask the person right to deny a request if it restrictive. a student petition, Bowdoin
support animal policies. While will help you, we have deter- seeking accommodations to “would impose an undue fi- First, they would have to launched the Accessibility Task
the exact rules for any assis- mined that authorizing the cat as provide documentation from a nancial and administrative keep their cat in a cage when Force—a group of students, facul-
tance animal are determined on a reasonable accommodation is mental health provider. burden,” or if the specific an- they were not in the room, ty and staff who were entrusted to
a case-by-case basis, Bowdoin not necessary in light of the evi- Bowdoin’s accommodation imal threatens the health or which they thought would be examine the College’s accommo-
requires that animals remain dence of your long history living guidelines say that documen- safety of others or would cause harmful for the animal’s health. dations policies, think holistically
caged when students are not in residence without such an aid tation for any accommodation substantial property damage. They considered buying a fence about issues of accessibility on
present. Hsia felt that this rule and your excellent academic ac- must come from a professional To address these issues, many in order to create a sufficient- campus and ensure legal compli-
was overly restrictive and would complishments,” the email said. outside of the College. Accord- colleges have rules for stu- ly large cage, but then learned ance with the ADA.
make it difficult to keep a cat. Laws and Policies ing to Levy, this is standard dents who obtain an emotional that emotional support animals The recommended changes so
Hsia reached out to her dean Emotional support animals practice among colleges and support animal. For example, were not allowed in Coles Tow- far included the introduction of
about her concerns, in accor- are not covered under the universities in order to reduce Bates, Colby and the University er, where they were planning the Test Center, where students
dance with the campus griev- Americans with Disabilities conflicts of interest. Colby’s of Maine all require students to live as a senior, due to the who receive academic accommo-
ance policy for discrimination Act (ADA), but they are in- student handbook indicates a to fully vaccinate their animals building’s relatively open floor dations can take proctored tests.
on the basis of a physical or cluded in the Fair Housing Act. similar policy. and keep them in their rooms plan—bathrooms connect each But several members of the Task
mental disability. Her dean di- With a few exceptions, the Act Levy added that several except when entering or leav- of floor’s quads. Force said that the group has not
rected her back to Levy. requires housing providers to campus offices refer students ing the building. None of those “I was approved, but no one discussed mental health issues or
On March 7, Hsia complet- allow tenants emotional sup- to off-campus health care pro- three colleges require animals was willing to actually success- accommodations. None of its 18
ed the online form to apply for port animals, and—per a 2013 viders. to be caged, as Bowdoin does. fully help me bring my cat on staff members are affiliated with
an emotional support animal, guidance from the Department Hsia found this policy frus- Another current senior, who campus,” the student said. Counseling Services.
submitting documentation of Housing and Urban Devel- trating, noting that she can- asked to remain anonymous, The student felt that chang- Hsia, who will graduate in May,
from both her counselor and opment—it applies to housing not afford to regularly see an sought out an emotional sup- ing living situations in order to doesn’t expect that she’ll get her
the off-campus psychologist. at colleges and universities. off-campus provider and had port animal in August of their keep the animal would further cat on campus this year. But she
On March 25, she received a Since September 2017, two to wait four months to see the junior year with a recommen- isolate them from their friends hopes that speaking up about her
formal denial of her request for students have been approved psychologist that the College dation from their longtime and be harmful for their men- experience will lead to a broader
accommodations, via an email for emotional support animals recommended. She has worked therapist back home. The pro- tal health. After a process that discussion of mental health issues
from Levy. at Bowdoin, Levy said. with a counselor at Bowdoin cess was long, but the student they described as “a really not and accommodations at Bowdoin.
The denial noted that only The Fair Housing Act al- for several years but only met ultimately received approval fun, stressful, prolonged for no “It’s clearly a national conver-
Hsia’s Bowdoin counselor had lows for some restrictions on with the off-campus psycholo- the following April. But when reason challenge,” they decided sation at this point,” she said.
Friday, April 5, 2019 NEWS 5

College House verdicts released for Class of 2022

cause they are transitioning where people have not met were excited for the chance to cants to Ladd, especially once However, many first years
by Jessica Troubh into a completely different en- their buddy … The mentor- be the first students to live in rising seniors considered how were excited about the possi-
Orient Staff vironment—but sometimes I ship piece will still be there, the house and start to shape its many students the Park Row bility of participating in the
On Monday evening, Col- think that the sophomore class but I’m working to find ways character and legacy. apartments can realistically College House system next
lege House decisions came out. is expected to know every- that will make [the connec- “I’m really excited that accommodate. year.
Two hundred sixty students thing since they’ve been here tion] a little more intentional.” [Boody-Johnson] hasn’t been As part of the selection “I think it’s a really great
applied to live in the College for a year. In reality, when you Another change to the Col- a house in the past, so we are process, first year applicants opportunity to have access to
Houses, an increase from 247 start your sophomore year, lege House system will be the the first class that can really were interviewed by a faculty the space and the money to in-
applications for the 2018- you are essentially a first year addition of Boody-Johnson establish what it’s going to be or staff member and a student; fluence campus culture,” said
2019 academic year. The most and a day,” she said. House, which will house ap- like and the vibe that it has,” the interviews allowed appli- Irene Brogdon ’22. “I want to
popular houses were Quinby Accordingly, Patterson proximately 26 students next said Fiona O’Carroll ’22. “I cants to demonstrate how they live with an eclectic group of
House and Boody-Johnson would like to rid sophomore year. According to Patter- think it will be cool to get to be would contribute to the Col- people and have the commu-
House, which is new this year. house members of some of son, the renovations of Boo- the founders of a new house.” lege House system. nity that comes with living in
Stephanie Patterson, associ- the pressure and responsibil- dy-Johnson are going smooth- Additionally, Boody-John- Some first years, including a College House.”
ate director of residential edu- ity that comes with mentor- ly; she is particularly excited son helped to make up for Angelina Joyce ’22, decid- Emilia Majersik ’22 agreed,
cation and residential life, who ing first years. In particular, about the layout of the house. some of the house spots typi- ed not to apply to a College noting that life in College
is new to Bowdoin this year, Patterson plans to move away “I think one of the coolest cally occupied by sophomores House due to the sizable time House would allow her to in-
does not believe this year’s ap- from the current buddy sys- things about [Boody-Johnson] that were lost after Ladd commitment. crease her involvement within
plication differed much from tem that pairs house members is that Chase Barn is adjacent became an all-senior house “I am involved in athletics the Bowdoin community.
last year’s. However, she does directly with first year stu- to it, but it’s separate from the this year. While Patterson and other extracurriculars, “I feel like the stage of
anticipate a few changes to dents. house, so the social space will acknowledged that the con- and I feel that living in a Col- meeting people has kind of
College House life. “There have been a few be a completely separated area struction of Park Row is on lege House would be a big time ended this year, and I want
“I think that the first year occasions where I’ve heard from where people are living,” the forefront of many students’ commitment with planning the opportunity to meet more
class gets a lot of support and it’s been successful … but I’ve she said. minds, she does not believe it and hosting events and other people and make more friends
attention—as they should, be- heard a lot more instances She added that applicants impacted the number of appli- house activities,” said Joyce. next year,” she said.

Inaugural lecture probes model minority myth

Americans was spurred by the of China evolved—from that
by Ian Ward decade she spent living in Ha- of an exotic and almost myth-
Orient Staff
waii, where she received her ical culture in the first half of
Imagine walking into a Master of Arts and Master of the nineteenth century, to a
bookstore and seeing a book- Public Health at the University peaceful ally during the Sec-
shelf labeled “Asian History” of Hawaii, and by the experi- ond World War, to a “red men-
that includes volumes on ence of having an ethnically ace” during the Cold War and
Chinese history alongside vol- Chinese daughter. today as an economic and mil-
umes on Asian-American his- At Bowdoin, she noted, she itary rival—Americans’ per-
tory. Now imagine a bookshelf has sought to create arenas, ceptions of Asian Americans
labeled “African History” that such as her ongoing course have adapted accordingly—
includes volumes on the his- “Asian American Experience,” from an alluring exotic attrac-
tory of Nigeria alongside vol- for students to engage criti- tion, to a potentially-subver-
umes on African Americans in cally with the historical and sive ally, to a general cultural
the United States. Why is the contemporary dimensions of threat.
former a commonplace while the Asian racial experience in Riley focused specifically
the latter virtually unheard of? the United States. on how the cultural myth of
That was the question that In her lecture, Riley argued Asians as the so-called model
Nancy Riley, the A. Myrick that the social construction minority continues to shape
Freeman Professor of Social of Asian Americanness in the the experience of Asian Amer-
Sciences, used on Thursday United States is profoundly icans today. Though super-
evening to launch her inaugu- shaped by Americans’ per- ficially flattering, the myth
ral lecture, entitled “Produc- spectives of Asia broadly, as of the model minority, Riley GRAHAM BENDICKSON, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
ing Foreigners: China, Orien- well as of China specifically, argued, both homogenizes a MODEL MINORITY MYTH: In her inaugural lecture, Riley argued that the myth of the model minority hardened a
talism, and Asian Americans as a type of catch-all embod- great deal of cultural, econom- racial barrier between white Americans and Asian Americans and required political submissiveness from the latter.
in U.S. Racial Construction.” iment of Asian otherness. ic and political diversity with- racial barrier between Asian obscures systematic patterns sions of racial politics while
Riley, who joined the Bowdoin American perceptions of Asia, in the Asian American popu- Americans and whites. The of discrimination behind a encouraging a greater aware-
sociology faculty in 1992, re- Riley argued, are in turn col- lation and implicitly positions question so often asked of veneer of individual econom- ness of the ways that global
ceived the appointment to the ored by the dynamics of “ori- other racial and ethnic mi- Asian Americans—“Where ic striving, falsely promises geopolitics shape America’s
endowed chairship this past entalism,” a concept first ex- norities, specifically African are you really from?”—Ri- commodity consumption as collective racial conscious-
July. Her talk was the fifth and pounded upon in 1978 by the Americans, as Asian Ameri- ley argued, embodies white the path to cultural citizenship ness. The lessons of this study,
final inaugural lecture of this Columbia University literary cans’ undesirable double. Americans’ conviction that, and undermines racial and Riley urged, should be lost
academic year. critic Edward Said to explain Most perniciously, Riley while Asian Americans might class solidarity by placing mi- upon members of the Bowdo-
Riley’s research interests the ways that the West has argued, the myth of the model be American in name, in real- norities in economic competi- in community.
include social demography defined itself as the bastion of minority placed Asian Ameri- ity, they are always and every- tion with one another. “Bowdoin is not that much
in China and East Asia, fem- civilization, rationalism and cans in a double-bind, extend- where foreigners. Ultimately, Riley argued different than the rest of U.S.
inist and critical demography liberalism in contradiction to ing the promise of cultural Moreover, Riley argued, that a close analysis of the society,” said Riley in conclu-
and the comparative study of the barbarism, superstition acceptance and economic suc- the discourse surrounding the Asian American experience sion. “But I, like most people
family. She said in her open- and despotism of an imagined cess in exchange for political myth of the model minority in the United States suggests here, would like to believe that
ing remarks that her interest “Orient.” submissiveness, all the while reinforced the values of a neo- a need to move beyond the Bowdoin can be better than
in the experience of Asian As Americans’ perceptions erecting an insurmountable liberal economic order, which white-black binary in discus- the rest of U.S. society.”

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is designed to prevent signif-
icant market swings from af- Tuition 17 M
fecting the payout.
donation, debt or a combi- The exact percentage that
nation of the two. Financing Bowdoin withdraws each 79 M 7M 14 M*
through debt means that the year is recommended by the
College issues bonds which College’s administration,
are purchased by banks, or— reviewed by a committee
more commonly—purchased
on the public market. Pro-
within the Board of Trustees
and then voted on by the full Endowment
ceeds from bond sales con- Board during its May meet-
tribute to the capital budget. ing.
The bonds with interest may For the FY 2018-2019,
be paid off either incremen- Bowdoin withdrew $67.7
tally or all at once, and the million from the endowment.
payoff term is typically 30
For the coming fiscal year, the
College expects to withdraw Returns
The College prefers to fi- roughly $71.8 million.
nance capital projects through
debt because the interest rate
Endowment growth can
happen two ways. Endowment 68 M
the College has to pay back returns, which amounted to
on bonds tends to be lower more than $200 million last
than the rate of return on the year, are the primary driver of
endowment, which means growth, but the endowment is
the College is getting more supplemented by donations.
money from the endowment During the FY 2017-2018, the
every year than it is paying in endowment received $16.5
interest on the money it bor-
rowed. Most recently, the ren-
million in donations. These
donations become part of the Operating Capital
Budget Budget
ovations of Boody-Johnson core of the endowment that
House and the construction will generate returns in the
of Park Row Apartments were future.
financed through debt. However, most of the en-
Capital projects can also be dowment is donor-restricted, HOW THE MONEY FLOWS: Donations at Bowdoin fund both the capital and operating budgets, and also go into the en-
financed through donations. meaning that the College is dowment. Returns from the endowment (along with tuition) are the largest sources of funding for the College’s yearly operations.
The Roux Center for the En- legally required to use it to-
vironment, for example, was ward a certain cause speci- *Donor-funded capital projects often span multiple years. This figures reflects the donations for the Roux Center for the Environment and the
paid for by a donation of over fied by a donor. For instance, second phase of the Whittier Field expansion, both of which were completed during the 2018-2019 academic year. The capital budget is also
$12.5 million from David and returns earned from Sarah funded through debt.
Barbara Roux. Bowdoin’s donation can only
Endowment be used to fund a professor-
Bowdoin’s endowment is ship in modern languages.
as old as the College itself. Roughly 46 percent of the
Shortly after Bowdoin re-
ceived its charter in 1794,
endowment is restricted for
financial aid; 21 percent is for Funding sources for the operating budget
James Bowdoin III gifted the instruction; seven percent for
college $1,000 and 1,000 acres libraries and museums; three
of land and later endowed a percent for technology; one
professorship in mathematics
or natural and experimental
percent for lectureships and
four percent for other pro-
8.5% Net tuition and fees
philosophy. In 1802, his wife, grams, including the McKeen 5.6%
Sarah Bowdoin, endowed a Center and the Outing Club.
professorship in modern lan- Thus, only 18 percent of the Endowement
guages. endowment is available to
Several centuries later, fund the College’s other ex-
the endowment has become penditures. Donations
crucial to Bowdoin’s financ- Going forward, Bowdoin’s 47.1%
es. For this academic year, endowment will run into
returns from the endowment one additional challenge: the Other
made up roughly 38.8 percent
of the funds available for the
endowment tax. Passed in
December 2017, the policy
operating budget. imposes a 1.4 percent excise YEAR AFTER YEAR: The funds allocated for Bowdoin’s operating
Bowdoin has had partic- tax on colleges and uni- 38.8% budget come primarily from tuition and returns on the endowment, with
ularly strong endowment versities with endowments donations playing a smaller role. The “Other” category includes revenue
growth over the last decade. It greater than $500,000 per the College generates from auxiliary services, such as renting out facilities,
made headlines last fall as one full-time student (Bowdoin’s and sponsored research.
of the best performers among endowment sits at nearly
any college or university in $900,000 per student). The
the United States, with a 15.7 tax will take effect for the BOWDOIN COLLEGE OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019
percent rate of return. As of first time for the 2018-2019
June 30, 2018, the endowment FY returns, although, in the

Donor-restricted funds in the endowment

was valued at $1.63 billion. absence of federal guidance,
Strong endowment growth the College is still determin-
is good, but it doesn’t mean ing exactly how its finances
that the College has $1.63 will be affected.
billion at its disposal. En- Tuition
dowments are designed to Tuition dollars make up Technology (3%)
pay out interest, often around
five percent, each year. If
47.1 percent of Bowdoin’s
budget. This figure reflects
21% 7% Lectureships (1%)
the endowment grows at a net tuition—the hypothetical Other restricted funds (4%)
rate higher than the payout, total amount of money the
it will be positioned to con- College would receive if all
tinue generating income for students paid full tuition mi-
the College year after year,
for an unlimited amount of
nus the amount of financial
aid administered, or a simple
Discretionary funds
time. The recent strong re- sum of all students’ tuition
turns have allowed both the
endowment and the operating
Though tuition dollars play
Financial Aid
budget to grow significantly a significant role in fund- 18%
in recent years.
Bowdoin draws out be-
ing the students’ day-to-day
experiences, tuition doesn’t
Libraries and museums
tween four and 5.5 percent of cover the whole cost of the
the endowment’s 12-quarter
moving average to fund a year
Bowdoin experience. The op-
erating budget divided by the
46% Instruction
of expenditures. The 12-quar- number of students provides
ter moving average means a glimpse into how much it
that the College chooses an actually costs to educate a
amount based on the average Bowdoin student: $92,315 per
value of the endowment over year. DONOR DECIDES: Donors to the College have the option of restricting their donation to fund a particular aspect of Bowdoin’s operations—from financial
aid to holiday wreathes. Only 18 percent of endowment funds are unrestricted and thus available for any use the College deems worthy.
the previous three years, rath- How is this money spent?
er than its current value. This Check back next week.
Friday, April 5, 2019 7


‘Art and Color’ seeks to open up white spaces
pants individually. curated the show last year while
by Sabrina Lin and “We made a point that in- living in Reed.
Esther Wang dividually reaching out adds The show was founded two
Orient Staff
meaning to this event, because years ago by Senay Yibrah ’19,
Walking into Reed House we are individually making a who was a Reed resident and felt
basement on Thursday night, gesture of welcoming everyone,” prompted by his own experience
you might have been pleasantly said Chi. “Spaces like Reed, as a person of color in a predom-
surprised—gone are the toppled where the stereotype is [of a] inantly white House.
red solo cups and sticky beer very outdoorsy, white House, I “I kind of expected coming
pong table. The space has been think it’s really important that into to Reed to be the one to
scrubbed anew, with colored every member of the House change [the social environment],
lights and works of art adorning reaches out to one person.” and I was doing that through the
the walls. The third installment They eventually received music scene,” said Yibrah. “I de-
of Reed House’s annual “Art around 20 submissions, ranging signed this art show for artists of
and Color” exhibit opens with from poetry and video to live color only … [and it has] kind of
a night of spoken word, music performances of spoken word involved into like a bigger thing
and visual arts, all with the in- and music, spanning the living than I thought it would, which is
tent to highlight talents of artists room, hallway and basement. really cool.”
of color traditionally underrep- Chi explains that members did The opening of “Art and
resented in the College House not factor in curatorial decisions Color” in 2017 was significant,
environment. with the selection of artworks; as it marked Reed House’s first
College Houses have long instead, all submissions were ac- ever party in collaboration with
been criticized for being exclu- cepted in the hopes of being as the African American Society Indeed, College Houses still
sive spaces and contributing to inclusive as possible. (AfAm). It also coincided with a have a long way to go in their
the monolithic nature of Bow- “We kind of just accepted ev- tense period on Bowdoin’s cam- pursuit of more representation
doin’s party scene. This year’s erything that [was] submitted, pus following a series of bias in- and diversity. As the show’s
organizer, Kevin Chi ’21, rec- because we didn’t really want to cidents, when issues of race were original founder, Yibrah urges
ognizes the stereotypes conven- exclude anything,” Chi said. “We constantly on everyone’s mind. organizers to engage with di-
tionally associated with Reed aren’t trying to set standards for Now in its third iteration, verse groups of campus in the
House and expressed the house’s anything—we’re trying to make the show continues to mark this long term.
wish to create a friendly space Reed as inclusive as possible.” important legacy. At the same “Now it feels a little more like
for people of color within the The show’s curators hope to time, issues of how to properly these white College House resi-
College House system. create an inclusive environment approach “diversity” come into dents just reaching out to affin-
“The goal of the show is to set apart from Bowdoin’s gener- question. Despite the organizers’ ity group to make their House
allow POC members in the al art scene and bring in artists best intentions, they unavoidably less white,” he said.
community to feel vulnerable in who might not have previously fall short in certain aspects. “[They should work on] the
a space that they couldn’t previ- had opportunity to showcase “Musicians—wise it was kind commitment to working with
ously,” Chi said. their work. of difficult to find bands that are affinity groups, as opposed to
In planning for the show, Chi “There’s something about composed of [just] POC[s],” Chi just sending an email out to
and fellow Reed members sent the art of Bowdoin in the more said. “I definitely hear a lot about them,” he continued. “Just be-
out numerous emails to affinity formal setting that is just a lit- it from my friends about how jazz ing more passionate or direct
groups, clubs and the student tle more white. If you go to the at Bowdoin is so white, how they about working with different
body at large. Initially, they more formal shows you will see don’t feel like they can be part of it groups—that’s how you get to DEVAKI RAJIV, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
struggled to get enough sub- that there are a lot of artists that … so I definitely feel like that kind meet people.” ART ANGLES: The third installation of “Art and Color,” hosted by Reed House,
missions, so they instead began are white and very few artists of of speaks to the [general] music Editor’s note: Senay Yibrah ’19 seeks to highlight talented students of color in conventionally white-dominated
to reach out to potential partici- color,” said Ural Mishra ’20, who scene at Bowdoin as well.” is a member of Orient staff. spaces, calling for greater diversity and inclusivity in College Houses.

Creating change through ‘Power of Literature’

how to write fiction and the se-
by Ayub Tahill cret to making it relatable to an
Orient Staff audience.
As contemporary interests “I use to say that there were
drift away from physical books in four of us, my father, my mother,
favor of online media, people are myself and literature,” Al Aswany
beginning to doubt the power of said.
literature. Yet, Wednesday night Al Aswany defines literature
in the Beam Classroom, Dr. Alaa as “a life on the papers that is
Al Aswany, world-renowned au- similar to our daily life but more
thor and Egyptian reformer, re- profound, more significant and
claimed the agency of the written more beautiful.”
word in his lecture titled “Power This definition stems from
of Literature.” his own career path in the lit-
Currently a visiting profes- erary world. He was a full-time
sor in Middle Eastern studies at licensed dentist who used this
Dartmouth College, Al Aswany career to finance his pursuit of
is best known for his 2002 work, writing. He also used his dentist-
“The Yacoubian Building,” which ry to formulate characters from a
offers a poignant dissection of mixture of patients. His societal
modern Egyptian society under status as a dentist offered some
the facade of fiction. The novel protection from trouble. LAUREN CAFFE, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
is an Arabic bestseller, translated While writing “The
WRITING REVOLUTION: World-renowned author Alaa Al Aswany spoke in the Visual Arts Center on Wednesday night about his literary career and his
into 23 languages and adapted Yacoubian Building,” he visited best known work, “The Yacoubian Building,” which inspired widespread social debate and engaged the literary community in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
into a movie, a TV series and impoverished areas of Cairo
a play. Al Aswany’s visit was and observed them to capture social issues proved hugely in- many of which centered around “I am currently being called that readers will heed his mes-
supported by the George M., a real sense of the city. He even fluential. The book’s treatment politics and literary critique, and a spy for the CIA, Morocco and sages and take action after they
Massoud Y. and Saada J. Barakat ventured into illegal bars and of homosexuality was especially held a weekly literature salon in other countries,” he said. see the world as depicted in his
Memorial Fund, as well as spon- when the police came, he was taboo-breaking for contempo- Cairo, which was influential in Al Aswany says that he is also writing. To achieve this effect,
sored by the Departments of Re- able to stay out of trouble by re- rary mainstream Arab litera- engaging Egypt’s literary and in- being sued in military court by he does not create characters
ligion, Sociology and Anthropol- vealing his identity as a dentist. ture. “The Yacoubian Building” tellectual community in the 2011 the government for defamation who simply represent his opin-
ogy, History, Art History and the Al Aswany incorporated these enjoyed overwhelming support Egyptian Revolution. and several other crimes, but he ions, but rather those who are
Africana Studies Program. interactions and observations and popularity among Egyptian With the transgressive nature refuses to appear, knowing he in opposition to his beliefs in
Literature has immense pow- into his novel, making the book readers. of his work and the unrelenting would not receive a fair trial. order to call attention to a need
er in the eyes of Al Aswany, a relatable to the everyday people Al Aswany is aware of the realism in his writing, Al Aswany The power of literature has for change.
second-generation writer. This of Cairo. global platform that came with came face to face with the current allowed Al Aswany to not only “Literature will never change
power is inspired by the work of Al Aswany’s critical portrayal his success. He wrote weekly regime’s crackdown on literature reform the government, but the government, but literature
his father, who first taught him of government corruption and articles for various news outlets, and public knowledge. also the people. He believes will change the people,” he said.
8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, April 5, 2019


All you need to know about the Ivies acts

The Aux Cord columnists preview LION BABE, Jamila Woods and Mick Jenkins
The concert formerly known as Ivies (if we’re calling it Bowchella) has been announced. An email sent out to the entire student body—with the subject heading on the email
The as “No Bamba”—announced the lineup, with Lion Babe playing Thursday, April 25, and Jamila Woods and Mick Jenkins playing Saturday, April 27. The previously mentioned
Aux “No Bamba” is a reference to the smash Sheck Wes hit, “Mo Bamba,” which took the nation and small liberal arts campuses alike by storm this fall. Many students speculated
Cord that Sheck Wes was set to play Ivies this spring, but Bowdoin’s E-Board decided to take a different route and recruit other artists. Justine Skye, ex-girlfriend of Sheck Wes and
singer, actress and model, accused the rapper of physical abuse and stalking, which led to E-Board dropping out of talks to bring Sheck Wes to campus. To say that this is one
by Sebastian de Lasa of the most controversial Ivies situations to date would be an understatement. This year’s performers, to say the least, are wildly different from Sheck Wes, and individually
and Chris Ritter talented and creative in their own right.


Kicking off Ivies season with Thursday’s time slot is LION Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the artists coming to play
Headlining Ivies is Jamila Woods, the Chicago singer-song-
BABE, the dancey singer-producer duo of Jillian Hervey and Ivies this year. The one that was the most on my radar was Mick
writer who has made some of the most innovative soul music of
Lucas Goodman. Their 2015 debut album, “Begin” placed LION Jenkins, and I can honestly say that I had never in my life felt any
the past decade. You’ve probably heard Woods’ voice before: it’s
BABE in the middle of a swarm of R&B up-and-comers dropping urge to listen to Jenkins. That’s not saying that I thought his music
warm and unmistakable, appearing alongside Chance the Rapper
stunning early projects, including SZA, Ravyn Lenae, Anderson was bad—his feature on BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Hyssop of Love”
in “Sunday Candy” and “Blessings.” Woods came from the same
.Paak and Ivies-mate Jamila Woods. Though LION BABE has is a highlight of their album “IV”—but I never felt super compelled
Chicago scene that raised Chance, Noname, Saba and countless
mainly stayed on the periphery of that renaissance, their contri- to listen to him more than anyone else. So going into this review, I
other artists pushing the industry forward as independents. For
bution shouldn’t be overlooked. knew very little about the sound that Jenkins goes for on his albums,
fans of that crowd, there’s a familiar energy with Woods’ music
Unlike all of those artists, LION BABE is a duo, and that his flows, etc. I was essentially unaware of his entire discography.
too: rich in black empowerment and a tireless search for joy.
duality is felt in their music. Hervey’s talent is undeniable: When people discuss Jenkins, the word lyrical often pops up.
Woods finds plenty of joy on her debut album “HEAVN.” With
her voice has earned her endless comparisons to soul legend This can be both a derisive comment and a compliment, depend-
a bright-eyed nostalgia reminiscent of Chance, she paints a vivid
Erykah Badu but is perhaps even punchier than the R&B great, ing on the complex. Many artists who get dubbed with the lyrical
image of Chicago, telling stories of hand games and jumping in
fitting right in with Goodman’s dance-oriented production. rapper tag come off yearning for past days of hip-hop, often coming
puddles without losing sight of the injustice happening down the
Which brings us to Goodman, whose presence is felt through- off sounding corny. Others are lauded for their meticulously crafted
street. “VRY BLK,” captures that whole image, as Woods uses a
out “Begin” with beats that feel funkily stitched together. The lyrics, like Jenkins’ peers such as Noname or Kendrick Lamar. While
playground melody to critique police brutality: “My brothers went
grainy sample of “Treat Me Like Fire” provides a pleasant back- I’m not as much of a Jenkins fan as I am a fan of the two previously
to heaven, the police going to … hello operator.” Along with its
drop for Hervey’s Erykah-esque ruminations on love and pain. named artists, his lyrics often come off as intelligent and insightful
prideful hook, “VRY BLK” features a quirky beat that bumps hard,
But when the beat picks up (as it does on most of “Begin”), the (his “drink more water” lines on the other hand, are pretty corny).
produced by fellow Chicagoans oddCouple and Kweku Collins.
duality of LION BABE shines its brightest. Childish Gambino As is often the case with rap music, good production drastical-
Just as much of a jam is “LSD,” a windows-down ode to Chica-
stops by for a verse on “Jump Hi,” but he certainly doesn’t car- ly changes songs. Jenkins’ music is no different. He has fantastic
go’s Lake Shore Drive, and one which shows off Woods’ voice in a
ry the song: Hervey struts her verses fiercely and Goodman songs with producers and groups like the aforementioned BAD-
chorus of soaring harmonies. Like “VRY BLK,” it’s a song that cap-
comes up big on the instrumental, sampling Nina Simone to BADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada and Black Milk. On these tracks,
tures Woods’ complicated love for her hometown and for herself,
make a gritty funk jam. The duo carries the same energy on lush instrumentation creates a perfect atmosphere for his variety
and all the emotions that go along with it: “I won’t let you criticize
songs like “Where Do We Go,” which toes an electrifying line of vocal styles. Jenkins will rap in a straightforward near-baritone
/ My city like my skin, it’s so pretty / If you don’t like it just leave it
between trap and pop funk. Like many LION BABE songs, it alone / You gotta love me like I love the lake.” and croon in a falsetto in the same song, and, surprisingly, it pays
feels engineered to rock a dancefloor, with Hervey’s vocals hit- off. That being said, all the Jenkins songs I really liked were the ones
Students should look forward to Woods’ words of self love on
ting as hard as Goodman’s beat. with higher profile producers, and he benefits from working with
Saturday afternoon, especially on the triumphant “Holy,” where
Though LION BABE is years removed from their debut album, artists with like-minded taste. I think his style of rap—heavy on lyr-
she lets out the refrain, “Woke up this morning with my mind set
Bowdoin might have caught them at the perfect time. Their soph- ics and intricate rhyme schemes—will create an atmosphere similar
on loving me,” as if she’s convincing both herself and her audience
omore album “Cosmic Wind,” released just last week, added a to the Milo concert at Ladd House last semester. Jenkins isn’t going
to love themselves. With a full band coming in support, Woods is
slew of new material to their potential set. With an R&B sound the 2019 Ivies headliner we needed. to have outright bangers like previous Ivies artists (Waka Flocka
crafted so fittingly for dance (and Hervey’s got stage presence too: Flame and A$AP Ferg come to mind), but it will be exciting to see
she first pursued a career in dance music), LION BABE has the Essential Tracks: “Sunday Candy,” “LSD,” “VRY BLK,” “Holy,” the show he puts on.
power to light up Smith Union. “Bubbles,” “GIOVANNI”
N.B.: To avoid Bowdoin students mass-mispronouncing yet an- Essential tracks: “Hyssop of Love,” “Drowning,” “What Am I To
Essential Tracks: “Jump Hi,” “Rockets,” “Where Do We Go,” other Ivies headliner (it was DRAM, like “mom”), it’s Jamila like Do,” “Padded Locks (feat. Ghostface Killa).”
“Western World,” “The Wave.” “Ja-mee-luh.”
Friday, April 5, 2019 9



SPREADING THE GOSPEL: Multifaith fellows Caleb Perez ’20, Nick Suarez ’21, Abigail Wu ’21 and Lucas Johnson ’22 promote interfaith dialogue by studying major religious texts and hosting events for the Brunswick community.

Students share interfaith dialogue across campus

ship. In the fall, the fellows we were learning [in the first their potential cultural appro- This Wednesday, in the panelists all stressed the im-
by Emily Staten met weekly to explore their semester] was really trying priation. Last week, Suarez led Roux Center for the Envi- portance of discourse and co-
and Penelope Mack different understandings of to understand how religions a discussion at Howell House ronment, the fellows hosted operation between people of
Orient Staff
religion and faith, and analyze engage one another; it was about womanhood and Islam, a panel of religious leaders varying faiths and emphasized
Many talks around faith this portions of the world’s major a lot of introspection,” said which focused on veiling in from the Brunswick area who the similarities rather than the
year have involved violence, sacred texts. But this semester, Johnson. Islamic countries and high- discussed interfaith dialogue. differences that people share.
often focusing on shootings in their talks have branched out The fellows read portions lighted how some Muslim The panel was composed of “When you get to know
places of worship. But at Bow- into campus-wide events. of the Old and New Testa- women feel that the practice four clergy leaders from the someone personally, of a vast-
doin, around the couches in The Multifaith Fellowship ments, the Qur’an and the has affected their faiths and area: Presbyterian Pastor Gor- ly different religion, it just
30 College and through events is spearheaded by Eduardo Book of Mormon, as well as their lives. don Cook and Pastor Jonathan enriches your life so much,”
all across campus, members Pazos Palma, director of re- other major religious texts. “[Each event] is a sample of Larssen, both of whom work said Cook. “I can’t overstate
of the Brunswick community ligious and spiritual life, and They were each tasked with the diversity of what we were for the Spiritual Wellness how important that process of
have gathered to engage in in- funded by the Interfaith Youth hosting a community event talking about in our meetings, Program at Mid Coast Hospi- listening and growing is.”
terfaith dialogue in a collabo- Core, an American non-profit in the spring that drew from except with a narrower focus tal; Reverend Sylvia Stocker, Stocker agreed and ex-
rative and optimistic manner. that works on college campus- their learning this past fall. and more people coming out minister at the Unitarian Uni- plained that cooperation
These discussions were led es to promote dialogues about The topic and organization to learn,” Suarez said. versalist Church of Brunswick between faiths could have
by four students—Caleb Pe- religious diversity. The funds of the event was up to each “There is a lot of emphasis on Maine; and Reverend Mary concrete benefits for multiple
rez ’20, Abigail Wu ’21, Nick covered the fellows’ stipends fellow. being able to get people to learn Baard, the Senior Pastor at the people.
Suarez ’21 and Lucas Johnson in the fall and event costs in Wu’s event before spring what we learned but in a much First Parish Church. “I think for me, there’s a
’22—who are part of Bowdo- the spring. break explored the new trend more concise and easy to under- Despite their varying back-
in’s new Multifaith Fellow- “The central core of what of yoga and mindfulness and stand way,” Johnson added. grounds and experiences, the Please see MULTIFAITH, page 10

Oil, gas and other precious commodities

Phoebe: There’s a dark grey the gulf coast. Whether or not reality and truth. That was the recognize the ways in which my suffocating in its humidity.
cloud blotting out the sun. I’m there was a connection re- fantasy. hometown holds truths equally Surya: As an Austinite who
home again for break, and my mains unclear. Surya: This rings so true to as important and complex as the only visited Houston for week-
Deep in the mom and I sit in the Houston For many of us at Bowdoin me and reminds me of the nag- ones studied in the classroom. end soccer tournaments, I’d also
Heart traffic, trying to puzzle out from the American South, it can ging feeling that comes over me Houston is a place that often like to add that Houston’s humid
by Surya Milner and what’s going on with the sky. feel like we’re here partly because so often when talking politics confronts you with ugliness and climate boasts some of the most
Phoebe Zipper A tropical storm maybe? But we cultivated a mild disgust for with Bowdoin friends (i.e. I left without illusion. The city sprawls bountiful greenery west of Lou-
hurricane season doesn’t start where we come from. A resent- Texas thinking that outspoken out endlessly in all directions, isiana. My memories of Houston
We talk a lot about hometowns, for months. The cloud’s bor- ment towards Texas and the op- Texas conservatives were the the flat landscape blanketed by a are shrouded in soft green grass
both in our casual conversations ders are unnaturally blunt and pressively conservative culture devil, but have found, in time, constellation of mega-highways and storybook mega-mansions.
and within the pages of the Orient. precise, graphic like a pop art of my private high school were New England liberals to be just that make a modern, nightmar- The money made the place all the
Given that this is a column on our cartoon. It’s less of a fog and certainly large reasons behind as insidious in some ways). ish mockery of the phrase “every- more unreal to me.
home state of Texas, we felt it’d more of a charcoal smudge why I looked almost exclusively Phoebe: Right? Up until re- thing is bigger in Texas.” There’s Phoebe: Yeah, it’s this
only be fitting to pay our respects against the sky, trailing down in the northeast during my col- cently (thanks, Beto), if you were no escaping the energy industry, strange juxtaposition of
to our home cities in the Lone Star to the ground in a neat plume. lege search. People gathered in a liberal in Texas, you really had from the petrochemical refin- the lush and nearly tropical
State—places that, by virtue of their The cloud, our local news dimly lit rooms around wooden to get behind your politics in a eries that mushroom along the alongside Texas as the edge
complexity and size, dazzle and anchor tells us, is actually tables discussing, you know, way that isn’t required of you ship channel in east Houston to of the southwest and also
confound us, often at the same time. smoke, the result of a fire at great works of literature. in New England. Or just shove the businessmen that commute alongside the southern charm.
What follows is part-rumination, the Deer Park petrochemical Surya: @PeucinianSociety? them down and never talk about downtown every day to bundle, There’s definitely a media
part-conversation on what we’ve plant in east Houston. Ten Phoebe: Something like that. it. It’s probably a cliché at this buy and sell the natural gas that narrative out there these days
learned about our homes since be- days later, a sickly pink, dead Knowledge like a petrochemical point, but four years and many powers our lives, my dad among that loves to lift Houston up
ing removed from them for the past dolphin washes ashore in Gal- haze in the air, students picking miles of distance between me them. There’s equally no escape
four years. This is Houston. veston, a neighboring city on apart history to get at kernels of and Houston have allowed me to from the heat—relentless, nearly Please see IN THE HEART, page 10
10 FEATURES Friday, April 5, 2019

Big [Bowdoin] Brother: managing online privacy

compliance regulation now con- companies are pressured to ad- but we do not publicize those concern some had about the U.S. tractors to rectify the situation,
Cyber Chase cerning the Bowdoin website here to these standards as soon as records or sell them to a third census. At Bowdoin, if for exam- track down all the individuals
since we have students around possible or run the risk of fines, company. In fact, we have tight ple, a survey was being analyzed whose information was leaked
by Sasa Jovanovic the globe who are interested in such as the $1.67 billion fine that controls over who has access to for a small major where individ- and expand the institution’s IT
the College,” Finneran explained. Google was charged with earlier them even on campus.” uals might be identifiable, the team from one person to a team
As students, we are constant- “We have Bowdoin students who this year for antitrust violations Cato and Finneran cited other Office of Research, Analytics and of eight in a span of six months.
ly generating data on campus, are Europeans and who might in the online advertising market. ways Bowdoin reinforces student Consulting aggregate the results And then there are privacy
whether we know it or not. From travel home and want to use the “We do not collect informa- privacy such as controls over the over a few years so as to add a cases that are less clear to re-
using Blackboard to Polaris to website or other services or a tion about casual observers or sharing of students’ academic layer of privacy protection. solve and that lack legal prec-
Outlook, we are engaging in con- faculty member might be on sab- website visitation records; that is and health information. Bowdo- Digital privacy is inherently edent. Cato cited a situation
versations with these channels batical or conducting research in not the type of business we’re in- in incorporates privacy measures different from other forms of pri- concerning a former employer
through our actions online. How Europe.” volved in,” Cato elaborated. “The in their survey policies as well, vacy, and there is good reason to in which a student had given
does Bowdoin treat this infor- Thus the College must be ways you’re using wireless, those so that one cannot triangulate be on the side of individual priva- another student, whom they
mation? This week, in an effort aware of and be quick to incor- records are collected for the pur- someone’s identity through sur- cy. Both Cato and Finneran have were dating, their institutional
to learn more about the ways porate privacy laws enacted in poses of bettering our system, vey results, which was a recent cited situations in which they’ve login information. After they
in which Bowdoin handles our nations across the globe. seen an individual’s privacy broke up, the ex used their ac-
data and keeps up with emerging “The way the DY
and security violated count with malintent.
industry standards, I sat down GDPR regulation LY KE with major costs to When I asked Cato and Fin-
with Michael Cato, senior vice is set up is that an institution. At neran how they would define
president and chief information it covers peo- one large institution privacy themselves, they stressed
officer of information technol- ple who are in where Cato previ- the importance of informed con-
ogy, and Christina Finneran, Europe at the ously worked, the sent.
vice president of institutional re- time, but not cost was $3 million “Understanding how I am us-
search, analytics and consulting. necessarily Eu- to rectify the results ing these tools and how they are
One of the latest develop- ropean citizens. of a data exposure. using me is important, so that I
ments in data regulation is the Let’s say you’re a “We had to send can make an informed decision
General Data Protection Regula- student studying out notifications to all about how to use them. It is only
tion (GDPR), which was passed at the Sorbonne 50 states,” said Cato. then that I feel like my privacy is
by the European Union (EU) in France and you “355,000 records, in- respected,” said Cato.
in 2016 and came into effect in receive a survey, how cluding social security “I like to be in control of what
2018. The regulation intends to are we obliged then number and personal information organizations have
provide individuals control over to manage these sit- information of every about me. The idea that there are
their data and to standardize uations?” said Fin- single student that organizations that are making
such practices for businesses neran. had ever been at assumptions about me is what
within the EU. I was surprised She added that institution, bothers me,” added Finneran.
when the regulation came up in that GDPR sets were leaked.” So we can rest easy now, right?
the first minute of my conver- a precedent for Why was the Our privacy is being protected
sation with Cato and Finneran other countries cost so astro- on campus?
since I thought of the GDPR as to add similar nomical? Because “My latest favorite search
contained to the EU vacuum. regulations. the school had engine is duckduckgo,” joked
“We certainly have GDPR International to hire a team of con- Finneran.

MULTIFAITH ry that not all are willing to

engage in these events.
Surya: Again, Austinite
and art novice here: what’s a
tribal or emotional about my
hometown, the way I think
There is no escaping the fossil
fuel industry, it’s true, or the overt
“When I was telling some of Schlumberger? it’s easy to be in this age where bigotry that still permeates many
very practical application of my friends to go to my Modes- as an incredibly multicultur- Phoebe: It’s an iconic oilfield we’re all globally connected but corners of Texas. But in Houston,
interfaith relations and it has ty, Women and Islam [event], al society, but I think what services company. The heiress to also constantly displaced and it is also impossible to run from the
to do with finding the com- they were like, ‘I feel like it’ll makes the city so interesting the money from that company, shuffled away from our roots— realities of American life—where
mon ground so that we can be weird for us to go [because] is the ways in which these Dominique de Menil, went on in search of the next job, degree, it has been, where it is going. It’s
all serve the common good,” we’re not Muslim,’” said Su- often struggling immigrant to found this amazing, tranquil line on the resume. there in the post-Civil War freed-
said Stocker. “And yes, we arez. “But that was kind of the communities exist alongside oasis of an art museum. The Surya: And why would you men’s cottages in the Fourth Ward,
could pick and pick and pick point, to get people uncom- a parallel culture of vast, os- Menil campus is lush Houston feel tribal about Texas? Our in the immigrants that continue to
and find the differences but fortable talking about some- tentatious oil wealth. It cer- greenery at its finest. But any- families are both transplants. arrive not just from Latin America,
there’s really a lot we share thing that they don’t usually tainly made for an interesting way, the money from the ener- Phoebe: Right, like who even but from India and Nigeria and
across the board.” talk about; bridging that gap is mix in my high school. gy industry is the money that’s knows where I’m supposed to lo- Vietnam, in the Hurricane Har-
Much like the panelists, really awesome.” So, like all great cities, Hous- bubbling under the melting pot cate my roots at this point? But I vey wreckage piled in the bayou
Pazos Palma and the fellows Pazos Palma hopes to ton is a place of contradictions. of diversity that the city has be- am deeply appreciative of Hous- like an omen of climate change to
felt that interfaith work is be- continue this uncomfortable The oil and gas industry gener- come, money intertwined with a ton. I love the way perfumed come. But where there’s ugliness,
coming more crucial both in discussion. Next year, the ated the money that made the sprawling story of immigration, 20-somethings wear cowboy there are always ways in which it
the United States and around Office of Student Affairs and city a great center of philan- economic development and the boots to brunch even though we is intertwined with beauty. In early
the globe. the Center for Religious and thropy and public art: we would birth of a sort of uniquely Texan live in a swampy urban jungle, March, the Houston air starts to
“I think there’s an absolute Spiritual Life will incorporate not have the Rothko chapel if cosmopolitanism. I’m not really the way that we’re always the grow heavy with humidity again,
necessity of being able to un- the Multifaith Fellowship into it wasn’t for underdog, the fact that the things and azalea blooms gush forth
derstand and comprehend their budgets and Pazos Pal- Schlum- that make Houston great also against that dark, prickly Texas
other individuals’ religions, ma will work with Perez to berger. make it difficult. grass: red, magenta and
traditions and faiths, espe- redesign the curriculum and white brushed with the
cially as we look forward in choose next year’s group of barest hints of pink.
the United States,” said John- students.
son. “I think for any of us in “There’s a really good con-
the next 20 years, we’re go- versation to be had around
ing to be having colleagues, the role of religion in public
neighbors, friends who are life, in the face of an increas-
of different faiths and back- ingly secular society, and also
grounds … and the ability the role of religion in a in-
to understand where they’re creasingly globalized society,”
coming from and who they said Pazos Palma. “There’s a
are as spiritual individuals is lot to be said about religion
incredibly necessary.” and human rights, religion
While the discussions and morality. So there’s just
throughout the year have many ways in which religion
been fruitful for the fellows and spirituality are intersec-
and have begun to reach a tional to a lot of the interests
wider audience, fellows wor- that Bowdoin students have.”

When you get to know someone

personally, of a vastly different
religion, it just enriches your life
so much. I can’t overstate how
important that process of listen-
ing and growing is.
–Pastor Gordon Cook PHOEBE ZIPPE
Friday, April 5, 2019 FEATURES 11

Talk of the Quad

“Rain pants are the kind of thing day, but I’ll be darned if I’ll ever being said, I feel there’s a time and
DEFENSE OF RAIN PANTS: that’s on a packing list for summer again risk soaking my clothes place to favor practicality over
ON RAINY DAYS, THEY’RE camp, but only the worst kids actu- when it could easily be prevented. looks. I’ll also add that rain
HERE TO STAY ally bring them,” articulates Calder Sure, maybe they’re a little pants provide great protec-
It’s 8:34 a.m. and I awaken to McHugh, editor-in-chief of the goofy. Maybe they make a swishy- tion from the wind, which
the pitter patter of rain on my win- Bowdoin Orient. swashy sound when I walk. is especially important
dow. “Guess it’s time to put those And the list keeps going. And maybe people stare as I go when I reach blisteringly
rain pants to good use,” I think. One day in October of my through the five-minute routine high speeds on my bike in
They’re nothing special—just a first year, it poured so hard I of taking off my boots, pulling the chilly early mornings.
kid’s large from Amazon that pro- went through two pairs of shoes down my rain pants and then re- I’m not telling you to go buy
vide the same fit and utility I’d get before lunchtime. I remember placing my boots to enter a dining rain pants (though I highly
from an adult small, but for $10 deeming it my first bad day at hall or academic building with recommend that you do). All
less. I get out of bed, get dressed, Bowdoin as I attempted to walk crispy dry legs. Would you rather I’m saying is that I feel it’s wrong
put on my rain jacket over my from Osher to Moulton. The I start my day uncomfortably sog- to criticize somebody for
sweater and pull my rain pants rain was coming down so hard it gy after the long trek to campus taking steps to ensure their
over my leggings. I bike to Thorne flooded College Street, covering from Harpswell Apartments? I outerwear stays dry—no
for breakfast and arrive with legs the curb and forcing me to step wouldn’t. And if you’re my friend, matter the toll it takes on
dryer than the Mojave desert. into a stream of water that went you shouldn’t either. Plus, if their look. When you get
“Wow, good thing I invested in up to my knees. I still remember you’ve ever had to bike in the rain a car wash, do you leave
these rain pants,” I think. “Now I the smushing sound my soaking without a plastic bag to cover your all the windows down in-
don’t have to go through my entire wet hiking boots made with each seat, you know that unpleasant stead of keeping them up,
day soaked and uncomfortable.” step as I schlepped over to Searles feeling of sitting on a wet seat and soaking your upholstery?
Little do I know, I’m in for for Microeconomics (I needed then having to walk around with Of course not! This is basi-
a storm far worse than that of my MCSR). Squelch, squelch, an embarrassing water stain on cally the same thing, but my
rain—insults from my friends and squelch. Disgusting. your crotch. Or maybe you know legs are the upholstery.
acquaintances pour down on me My toes were wrinkly by the that feeling for other reasons; I You don’t have to wear rain
all day long. end of the day, and my legs were don’t judge. And neither should pants (although I think you
“Oh my god, are you seriously damp and dirty. I refused to let you, especially not when it comes should). All I ask is that when you
wearing rain pants?” asks Johna. it happen again. It was time to to rain pants. Wearing rain pants see somebody (me) wearing them,
“Amanda, you WOULD own invest in some rain boots, and a only makes life better and much, don’t make them (me) feel bad
rain pants,” says Nell. pair of water-repellant pants was much dryer. about it. Just let them (me) live!
“Are those rain pants???” asks a an obvious supplement. I haven’t I’m no fashion queen, but I do Amanda Newman is a member KAYLA SNYDER
judgmental stranger. seen it rain as hard here since that care about my appearance. That of the Class of 2019.

iar. Freshman year, I had come chalked this odd reaction up to

WHAT I LEARNED FROM to the realization that the land- allergies, weather and stress. I
MY MAMMOGRAMS scape of my physical health had was frustrated, not just because
During my first mammo- changed. No longer was I fit and now I had four different creams,
gram, I put my shoes in a locker healthy; I was anemic, exhausted but also because these were all
before entering an inner waiting and covered in rashes. I now had factors that were, mostly, out of
room. After I passed the front infections and appointments. To my control.
desk and made my way down a my great displeasure, I felt that I Men and women brandish-
hallway, I was handed a robe the had become one of the sick kids. ing acai bowls on Instagram sell
color of chewed bubblegum. For For some reason, in my high not only an image of psychical
some reason I was reminded of school these kids seemed to be perfection, but one of total con-
when I went to a spa and shuffled members of the landed gentry. trol over their bodies. This may
around textured rock tiles, bare- I was always envious of how become dangerous when peo-
foot and sweaty. But this was not they got to skip tests and gym ple try to mimic their S-curved
a spa, it was a professional, medi- class to stay in their suburban torsos, or their magical vegeta-
cal building, and everyone in the compounds, in their tricked out ble-based cures for cancer. But
waiting room was wearing shoes. basements; but despite this, they it is a lie. Many health issues
I retreated to my locker. Shoes always seemed unhappy. are beyond our control and
stayed on. Now I understood. We often won’t fully resolve, despite our
During my second visit, I hear the phrase “listen to your best attempts. What consists of
put the robe on backwards by body,” but my body and I were health is a complicated nexus;
accident. The shoulders were speaking different languages. and, for everyone, the exact
huge, and, when the belt was My initial reaction was to calculus that makes up “phys-
tied tight, I looked like a wasp think, often and bitterly, “I am ically healthy” is often in flux,
with scrubs on, which I found too young.” But then I decided and our control over our health
simultaneously amusing and to try. differs.
chic. Again, when I entered the MOLLY KENNEDY I thought I had figured every- We mainly talk about know-
waiting room, I knew some- shoes on, robe But when my drinking a cup of hot chocolate. thing out: I paid attention to what ing yourself as an emotional
thing was off. Right after I real- tied correctly. doctor felt it and said Panic with the robes. Panic as the I ate; I took my supplements; I re- journey. This is true. However,
ized what separated me from the Two years ago, “There’s a lump,” I felt a technician spread goo across my organized my sleep. But Decem- it is also a physical one. And a
others, an attendant said “your I found a knot cold rush of terror. chest while humming an upbeat ber of sophomore year, I dragged large part must be learning what
robe is on wrong, sweetie.” I put curled up, tight There was silence, then tune. Panic when I saw a foreign myself to winter break with a I can help, and what I can’t lose
on my best “Ah! I see now!” face beneath my skin. It I said, “Am I going to die?” body on the monitor, pulsating sinus infection and a mysterious sleep over. I feel nauseous when
and went back. was not small, and “No,” she replied. “But with the beating of my heart. pox-like rash. It was so bad that I touch the lump on my chest.
During my third visit, I had this was the rationale I used to it should be checked out and Each visit I received good one of my friends simply said, It’s not my friend; I wish it would
a sneaky idea that I would put believe that it was not harmful. If monitored.” news, but also left with a sense “woah,” when I turned around leave. But it reminds me, too, that
on multiple robes, just to see if I really had a tumor this large in- All I felt was panic when of powerlessness, feeling at the to greet him in Thorne, like I had perfect control over my physical
I could. “But, you’re not here side of me, I would be in trouble. I scheduled an appointment. mercy of an amorphous shape revealed that I was the Bride of health is an illusion.
for that,” I reminded myself and I didn’t feel in trouble, therefore Panic with my mom in the car. on the screen. Chucky. “Woah.” Aleksia Silverman is a member
continued to the waiting room— it could not be a problem. Panic in the waiting room while This feeling was not unfamil- Back home, a dermatologist of the Class of 2019.


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Women’s lacrosse player
Eliza Denious ’21 was
named Intercollegiate
Women’s Lacrosse Coaches
Association Division III
Offensive Player of the
Week. Denious, who was
also named NESCAC
Player of the Week, scored
seven goals in last week’s 17-
15 victory over Trinity, with
four of her goals coming in
the game’s final 11 minutes.
Leading the team with 15
ground balls and 35 points
overall, Denious is a key
member of the Polar Bears’
offensive front.


The sailing team competed TENNIS TAKEOVER: Captain Grant Urken ’19 competes in a doubles match against Colby last spring. The Polar Bears are off to a hot start this year after returning from California.
in three regattas last
weekend, finishing 7-2 at
the Harpswell Sound Team
Race. Two more crews
travelled to the Marchiando
Men’s tennis defeats top-10 team Wesleyan 6-3
key part to that trip,” said captain break training it was something everyone found their role.” our way.”
by Ella Chaffin Grant Urken ’19. “Especially we wanted to continue once we “We were definitely super ex- Going into the rest of the year,
Team Race hosted by Orient Staff
with so many young guys, it was came back. We have had lulls cited about our freshmen,” Urken the team aims to reach its peak
MIT and the Dellenbaugh After returning to New En- a good way to begin to form what in the past once we come back,” agreed. “These are big-time performance in May in order
Trophy hosted by Brown, gland from spring training in we hope to become towards the Urken said. “It was really good matches that definitely count to prolong its season. The Polar
finishing with a 12-10 record California with new players and end of the season.” [to win] from the team morale towards our end goals. For them Bears will compete against top
at MIT and placing ninth at skills, the fifth-ranked men’s “[Spring training is] always perspective.” to be able to be resilient in those NESCAC contenders in the com-
Brown. In all three locations, tennis team (8-1, 2-0 NESCAC) our favorite time of the season,” The team entered this season situations was huge for us.” ing month with the hope of con-
the Polar Bears were up defeated the seventh-ranked added captain Jerry Jiang ’19. after graduating three high-per- Moving into next week- tinuing its strong performance
against harsh winds and stiff Wesleyan Cardinals (9-2, 2-1 “There is no school—just playing forming seniors, all of whom end’s matches against MIT and earlier in the season.
NESCAC) 6-3 last weekend. tennis and enjoying the weath- held Bowdoin records. Though Brandeis, the team is trying not “Right now, we want to focus
competition. The team’s
In California, the Polar Bears er. We try to improve our skill they left big shoes to fill, their ab- to be results-oriented; rather, it on every weekend match,” Jiang
next regatta will take place were able to compete against as much as we can. [But] at the sence has not held the team back. aims to perform the best it can in said. “From now on it’s going to
this weekend at the Coast strong teams while solidifying same time it’s a team bonding “We are a pretty young team, every match. be [against] very strong teams.
Guard Academy. their dynamics and individual trip, which is why I think the and the younger guys really “For us it’s really about im- Of course we care about winning
roles, ultimately finishing with a Wesleyan match was an indi- stepped up,” Jiang said. “It was proving everyday,” said Jiang and losing, but at the end of the
BANANA SPLIT: In an 7-1 record and their first NES- cator of ... people getting more important to us because this “Results-wise it’s always ideal day we want know that we did
upset victory last Friday CAC win of the year against connected.” program is about development. to get the win but the process everything right and leave no
the nationally-ranked Trinity. These strategies were on The team’s first two NESCAC Seeing the freshmen and sopho- is really important. We are a regrets.”
women’s tennis team (7-2, display again during their victory matches of the season provided the mores step up was really import- process-oriented team, and we The Polar Bears will face MIT
over Wesleyan. athletes with needed confidence to ant to set the tone for the future keep our blue collar mentality at Maine Pines today at 3 p.m.,
2-1 NESCAC) defeated
“Trying to form a team iden- face upcoming competition. matches. We were still trying to and grind for as long as we can. followed by Brandeis at home on
seventh-ranked Tufts (3-4, tity [in California] is definitely a “Coming off our strong spring put it together, and at Wesleyan Hopefully the results will go Saturday at 1 p.m.
2-2 NESCAC) 7-2. Hot off
the heels of a win, the 14th-
ranked team went on to
compete against Wesleyan
(8-1, 3-0 NESCAC)
Women’s lacrosse rebounds with four-straight wins
and Trinity (7-2, 3-2 NESCAC), to “We have been working hard and “Coming off of last season, in competition,” said Rudin.
on Saturday, losing 6-3. by Jessica Troubh
However, doubles partners enter April with a 5-4 record over- getting better every day.” which we lost in the [NESCAC Accordingly, the team has been
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all, 3-3 in NESCAC play. After the slow start, the team Championship game], we are working hard in preparation for
Sasa Jovanovic ’20 and
Since opening the season with The string of early losses, a seemed to turn a corner in its 17- really motivated to redeem our- its upcoming games.
Fleming Landau ’22 a decisive 12-7 victory over Con- number of which came in close 15 victory over Trinity last Satur- selves and get that title this year,” “We practice for two to three
defeated both Tufts and necticut College (3-7, 0-6 NES- games against top-ranked teams, day, said Paige Brown ’19. said Rudin. hours every afternoon, and we
Wesleyan, ending the CAC), the women’s lacrosse team’s has motivated the team rather “I think at the start of our sea- Erin Morrissey ’19 said that participate in in-season lifts once
matches with records of 8-3 season has taken a turn for the than discouraged it, said captain son, we were getting used to each she would love a rematch against or twice a week to maintain our
and 8-7, respectively. indecisive. After dropping four of Natalie Rudin ’19. other,” said Brown. “We really hit Middlebury, who defeated the strength,” said Morrissey.
its next five games, the team has re- “We are using [the losses] as our stride this past weekend with Polar Bears 6-3 in last year’s NES- While the Polar Bears are
TAKE ME OUT TO bounded over the past two weeks, motivation to work harder, train our win against Trinity.” CAC championship game. working hard, Brown, Morrissey
THE BALL GAME: recording four straight victories, harder and make sure we are The team has set its sights on “We really want to see Middle- and Rudin have all been enjoying
including two conference victories ready for our next competition one goal in particular: winning bury again because we barely lost their last season on the team.
The softball team (12-7,
against Bates (7-4, 3-3 NESCAC) moving forward,” said Rudin. the NESCAC Championship. to them a few weeks ago, and we “It’s super rare that you get to
1-2 NESCAC) suffered kind of want revenge from that run around with your friends for
a series of setbacks last game and from the NESCAC two hours after school everyday,
weekend with back-to-back Championship last year,” said so I think we really take advan-
losses against Trinity (9-4, Morrissey. tage of that and enjoy each others’
2-1 NESCAC). The Polar In the meantime, the Polar company,” said Morrissey.
Bears were unable to score Bears are looking forward to a The Polar Bears have two
more than two runs in competitive season against strong home games scheduled in the
either game and gave away NESCAC teams. Seven NESCAC coming week, the first against
teams are currently ranked in the Plymouth State (3-3) on Sunday
10 runs in total to Trinity.
top 20 of the DIII Intercollegiate and the second against Colby (6-
Three Bowdoin athletes hit Women’s Lacrosse Coaches As- 2, 3-2 NESCAC) on Wednesday.
doubles, including Kasey sociation standings. Bowdoin is If the team’s last three games
Cunningham ’22, Caroline currently ranked 14th overall and are any indication, there is cause
Rice ’19 and Maddie seventh in the NESCAC. for excitement.
Rouhana ’21. “The thing that is exciting “I think the best is yet to come,”
about playing lacrosse in the said Brown.
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT NESCAC is that the level of com- The Polar Bears will play Plym-
COMPILED BY KATHRYN MCGINNIS FINGERS LACROSSED: Natalie Rudin ’19 races a Trinity opponent downfield last weekend. The Polar Bears defeated petition is extremely high, [and] outh State at home on Sunday at
the Bantams 17-15 and then continued their win streak by defeating Bates 14-2 victory Wednesday. every in-conference game is big 12 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2019 SPORTS 13

The racial playbook: African Americans and Bowdoin football

a character Butler included in On the field, Butler and would exit an elevator when a the strength to perform well for er prominent athletes such as
by Kathryn McGinnis his book, “The Blue Dilemma.” teammate Phil Hymes ’77 re- black man stepped on. Others his team. But the next day, every Geoffrey Canada and Stephen
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“His only problem was that member sharing a close bond would yell, “I’m going coon time Sessions touched the ball, Morrell, established a commis-
On a humid August night in he was black, and at that time, with teammates on the field, hunting tonight!” he was instantly tackled. The sion to investigate the athletic
1970, Maurice “Moe” Butler ’74 blacks weren’t supposed to be forged through exhausting Hymes joined the Bowdo- team refused to block for him, department. Yet when Hymes
dropped his trunk at the steps intelligent enough to play the two-a-day workouts and week- in football team in the fall of Butler remembered. Unable to graduated in 1977, there were
of Smith Union as he headed to quarterback position in college,” end trips. However, there was a Butler’s junior year. After grad- gain substantial yardage, Coach no marked improvements in
dinner. A day early for first-year wrote Butler. subtle split in the team’s social uating top players the season Lentz removed Sessions from place.
orientation, Butler could not ac- On the eve of move-in day, life. For example, most black before, Head Coach James Lentz the game. More than wanting close re-
cess his dorm and, with $20 left Sessions was eating dinner with students only roomed with announced all positions were “Man, he was crushed,” But- lationships to their teammates,
in his pocket, looked for a patch the football team when Butler black teammates on away trips. open. Starting positions would ler said. “He was almost in tears, African American students
of floor to spend the night. walked in. The two became fast When asked about the person- be decided purely on talent and and when we got back to the wanted a place to call their own
One of just 25 African Amer- friends, and although Butler had al backgrounds of their white commitment to training. In the school, he quit.” at Bowdoin. Established in 1969,
icans enrolled on campus at the never played before, he joined teammates, Hymes and Butler 1974 season, two top athletes Against the backdrop of the the African American Society
time, Butler left Washington the few black athletes on the offered similar answers. They vied to be running back: a white Civil Rights Movement, this was served this purpose, but among
D.C.’s predominantly black in- team. didn’t know. player and Sessions. a highly unusual event to hap- white students, its message was
ner-city for the whitest state in “[Bowdoin] wasn’t really the “I would say most of them “Coach said Sessions was pen at Bowdoin. In fact, it was lost.
the Union. type of school that you had to came from New England the one for the job,” said Butler. the worst and, thankfully only, “Some of our classmates did
“You have to understand, the have a whole lot of experience,” schools,” Butler recalled. “I don’t “When he said that everybody racist display Butler encoun- not have that understanding of
College made a decision to go said Butler. know if they were wealthy or said, ‘Whoa, can you believe this tered on the football team. why it was important to us,” said
into the inner-city and get some Locked in the gridiron, race not, I didn’t have that type of guy?’ But when I got into the “But it was ugly,” Butler said. Hymes. “That was always the
of the best and brightest to in- may seem like an afterthought relationship with most of my locker room, I heard ‘nigga, nigga, In a move of solidarity, the question.”
tegrate the school,” Butler said. as long as the player can “do teammates to be talking. [There nigga,’ and I was like where is this majority of African Americans The African American So-
“That was a movement before I a job” in the words of former was] a polarization on campus.” coming from? They were angry.” left the team with Sessions. But- ciety celebrates its 50th an-
got there.” Head Basketball Coach Ray Growing up in an inner-city, The night before the season’s ler stayed. He began to notice a niversary in November this
Among Bowdoin’s previous Bicknell. But the playing field’s Butler did not encounter overt first away game Butler roomed small crowd of black students year. Outspoken proponents
recruits was a talented running ability to equate racial differenc- racism until he came to Bow- with Sessions in the hotel. A gathering at Whittier Field on in Bowdoin’s mission to create
back named Al Sessions ’73. Ses- es ignores the social challenges doin, where the majority of stu- recent convert to Islam, Ses- Saturdays, only to leave when an inclusive society, such as
sions was the inspiration behind of true integration. dents were white. Some people sions prayed for courage and Butler wouldn’t play. No longer Butler, will return to campus
playing for himself or his team, for the celebration. And while
Butler worked hard to entertain it is important to recognize the
his loyal fans. achievements of the current
Football took on a new shape administration, it is even more
in Butler’s life. It became a much helpful to remember a time
darker and physical game than before race and sexuality were
before. Each hit was an oppor- common topics at Orientation.
tunity to not only execute a play, One racist act does not define
but harm the man on the other a campus, but the collective re-
end. sponse and future work toward
“I was angry with white peo- prevention, can define an entire
ple,” Butler said. “I was raised to movement.
judge people by the content of “Lots of things you have to
their character, not what they learn through experience,” But-
look like. But you know, at that ler said. “It was one incident. I
time, I was just enraged.” dealt with it, but that was not
In the mid-1970s, the College my total experience on the
COURTESY OF DR. MAURICE BUTLER began to confront underlying football team, and I love and
LIVING HISTORY: (LEFT) Maurice Butler ’74 at practice. (RIGHT) Running-back Al Sessions ’73 before he quit the team in reaction to unfair treatment on the field. racial tensions. Butler, and oth- enjoy playing football.”

Women’s water polo team prepares for championships

helped boost her confidence go- tournament, Santizo hopes As quasi-coaches and players, prerequisite is an added barrier.” something that’s not at the var-
by Lauren Katz ing into this spring. Bowdoin’s team can beat Welles- Santizo and fellow captain Molly In addition, Santizo com- sity level.”
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“I went to an all-girls high ley, its first round matchup. Foley ’19 design and run prac- mented on the challenge aquatic Foley said the team tries to
The women’s water polo team school and never really imagined “Just like any team sport, it tices, coach during games and sports teams face to recruit ath- make the sport as accessible as
is gearing up for a championship myself playing a contact sport takes a bit for us to understand organize transportation, food letes from diverse backgrounds, possible by providing suits, gog-
tournament at MIT on April 13 with men,” Santizo said. “But how to work well together, to and pool setup. In addition to since zoning, financial barriers gles and other equipment.
and 14 after winning both of its you learn how to play smarter. learn each other’s strengths these responsibilities, they also and state-sanctioned segrega- Looking ahead to their tour-
home games last Sunday against I’ve had games where I’ve had and weaknesses—I think we’ve recruit high school and college tion of the 1950s contribute to nament at MIT, Foley said it’s not
Coast Guard Academy and to defend against a 6’1 guy who’s finally gotten to that point espe- students. limited access to public pools. necessarily about winning but
Bates. maybe 250 pounds. It’s very dif- cially after Sunday,” Santizo said. “The challenge of recruiting “I’m always trying to make it having a good weekend away.
To prepare for the season, ferent from when I’m defending “Winning is fun and great, but is real because you need to have a very inclusive and open com- “We have a lot of [players] on
captain Raquel Santizo ’19 said someone my size or a little small- the score doesn’t necessarily re- people who feel comfortable in munity, even if you’ve never our team who learned [this se-
the women’s team scrimmag- er. Also, in the coed season, goal- flect how well you play. If I know the water and feel comfortable played before,” Santizo said. “We mester] how to shoot and pass,
es against men from the fall ies tend to have the wingspan of that we’ve improved as a team in their swimming abilities,” get someone who used to swim how to tread water, how to swim
coed team. Both teams are club the entire goal, so I need to learn and we’re doing better than we Santizo said. “Many people have or used to lifeguard, or maybe freestyle,” Foley said. “It’s been
sports. The scrimmages, Santizo how to shoot differently.” were at the beginning of the sea- access to doing a sport on the they never swam—they’re a fun to get to see the players learn
said, along with the coed season, As the sixth seed in the MIT son, then I’m happy.” land, but having swimming as a high school athlete looking for to love [the sport].”

Baseball team still searching for first win of season

we really struggled,” said Connolly. ed for championships that have against the University of Southern the togetherness has been has hole but [it’s] certainly something
by Danielle Quezada “[The] second week we played bet- had great seasons,” said Connolly. Maine (USM), a team currently been phenomenal,” Connolly said. we have made our way out of and
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ter, far more competitive, but we “We can certainly get prepared ranked in the top ten nationally. Al- “They really have a team, they have started playing better,” he said.
It’s been a tough first half of the weren’t able to get over the hump, indoors. We get outside, we’re in a though the Polar Bears lost to USM, each others’ backs, the energy on He believes this weekend
season for the men’s baseball team. and we’re still working at it.” good position. I definitely wouldn’t they kept the final score within two the bench is fantastic. against Colby will be a turning
The Polar Bears (0-14-1) currently Connolly described all the use having to practice indoors as runs, losing 6-4, an improvement “The effort on the field—I point in the season, hopefully
have no wins under their belt and team’s spring training opponents an excuse.” from their previous games. couldn’t ask for any more,” he add- putting the team in a competitive
have averaged just 2.67 runs per as highly competitive, adding Connolly does not believe a “You would have no idea that ed. “They are clearly working their position.
game. that those teams have been prac- lack of skill is to blame for a poor we have been struggling. The kids tails off. I believe they will turn it “I think it’s certainly import-
“The start we got out to wasn’t ticing outside since January—an record this season either, and Dan came out, they played hard and around.” ant for us to win some games this
what we expected,” Head Coach opportunity that Bowdoin has Chapski ’21 agrees. they had each others’ backs,” said There are still high hopes for weekend and to play well,” said
Mike Connolly said. “I think the not had. The Polar Bears practice “We have a very proportionate Connolly. “We put ourselves in a making it to the conference cham- Connolly. “I think when we do,
best way to put it for coaches and in Farley Field House in lieu of team,” said Chapski. “So we have a chance to beat a really good team. pionship, since the Polar Bears we’re going to put ourselves into
players is that it’s frustrating.” the outside field due to snow and lot of good older guys that contrib- We gave the No. 8 team in the have nine out of 12 in-conference a position where the weekends
The team travelled to California field conditions. However, Con- ute. Then we have a lot of younger country a run for their money.” games left this season. The team against Tufts and Bates, we will be
over Spring Break to escape the nolly doesn’t believe that is the guys that are going to move up In light of a tough season, lost its first three NESCAC games playing for a berth, if we start play-
Maine winter and improve its skills reason why they have fallen short here and also contribute in the fu- Connolly applauds the efforts and in its weekend series against ing well.”
against top-rated teams outside of in their performance. ture. So I think we’re a very equally unparalleled spirit the players have Trinity (14-2, 3-0 NESCAC), but The Polar Bears will play a dou-
the NESCAC, but lost to all nine “Obviously, when you’re prac- spread team.” demonstrated, claiming that one Connolly remains hopeful about a bleheader against Colby in Water-
teams it played. ticing indoors, it’s not ideal. But in Despite the losing streak, the learns more from their failures comeback. ville on Saturday. On Sunday, the
“We didn’t play great while we the meantime, [Bowdoin has] had team’s performance has been look- than success. “In the first weekend against team returns to campus and will
were there. I thought the first week plenty of teams that have compet- ing up after its away game yesterday “The resiliency, the preparation, Trinity, we slipped into a bit of a take on Colby at 1 p.m.
14 Friday, April 5, 2019

Accessing emotional support
“Although you may believe that having a cat in residence will help you,
we have determined that authorizing the cat as a reasonable accommoda-
tion is not necessary in light of the evidence of your long history living in
residence without such an aid and your excellent academic accomplish-
ments.” That was the message that a student received via email from the
Office of Accessibility, denying their request for an emotional support an-
imal on campus.
Bowdoin owes its students, and not just those who have requested an
long distance
emotional support animal, an explanation. This week in the Orient, revela-
tions about the difficulty of obtaining this particular accommodation illu-
minate a deep misunderstanding among the administration about students
who struggle with mental health and the resources that they need.
Emails like the one above suggest that the administration believes that
past academic accomplishments indicate stable mental health. However,
high academic achievement and mental health are in no way connected,
and promoting this equivalency is actively dangerous. It is all too possible
to be winning awards, getting straight As and breaking down on the inside.
Many Bowdoin students are high academic achievers, who are doing per-
fectly well on paper, but are struggling with mental health issues. In fact,
the push to constantly achieve at a high level and take full advantage of all
the College has to offer is, for some students, the reason they struggle with
mental health.
Bowdoin touts its holistic evaluation of students in admissions, insist-
ing that applicants are more than their grades, more than their test scores.
However, this email suggests that the College no longer considers us in the
holistic view once we enroll. Suddenly, our emotional and mental well-be- SYDNEY REAPER
ing is irrelevant, and our academic accomplishments become all that mat- Realizing that I was prioritizing my The distance between my partner
ter. On Second Thought relationship over new experiences at and me has given me the chance to
The system for obtaining an emotional support animal is representative college, I became resentful towards the slow down and focus on myself. I find
by Brooke Vahos
of more structural issues. Bowdoin’s policies around mental health, from relationship itself. I blamed long dis- myself filling the time that I usually
medical leave to access to counseling services, are often opaque, leaving tance for stifling my growth as a friend, spent with him doing activities that
students confused, frustrated and unable to meet their full potential or en- Thinking back to the beginning of student and overall individual. My pes- help me grow as an individual. I feel a
joy their four years here. my first year, I remember feeling like simism about the ability of long-dis- different, new sense of independence
The Counseling Center contains a myriad of health professionals who half of my class entered college with tance relationships to work out wasn’t knowing that I have the love and sup-
have a deep understanding of the difficulties of living with anxiety, depres- commitments to significant others unfounded, but it was exaggerated to port of my partner even though he is
sion or any mental illness on our campus. However, these professionals are back home—myself included. As the an extent that was toxic to myself and far away. This safety net of sorts has
not the ones structuring these policies. Rather, it is left to administrators months went on it seemed like more my relationship. In retrospect, one of helped me branch out and find new
who are not trained on these topics and are clearly ill-equipped to deal and more people were breaking up the main reasons I couldn’t make long ways to occupy my time. Sometimes
with them. We suggest that the College leave these policies and decisions to with their partners from home and distance work was my negative attitude this is easier said than done. While
medical professionals who have established relationship with students. An joining the “single community” here towards the distance. I would obviously love to be togeth-
easy start would be to add a representative from the Counseling Center to on campus. However, a year and some months er, I am happy to be apart so that we
the Accessibility Task Force. At the time, as someone who was later, I ironically find myself in yet an- can both take time to grow and have
Bowdoin’s policies on mental health need more clarity. As administrators freshly out of a long-distance rela- other long-distance relationship. My unique experiences.
work toward that, they should start by believing students. tionship (LDR), it was hard for me to current LDR is vastly different than Long-distance relationships work
imagine myself ever willingly doing my last—factors such as the amount differently for everybody, but I think
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, anything like it again. For me, being of time we will be apart, our ages and it is important for people to find the
which is composed of Emily Cohen, Nell Fitzgerald, Dakota Griffin, Calder McHugh in a LDR felt like I still had one foot how far away we are made the circum- value in being apart. Long distance
and Jessica Piper. in the door back home, never feeling stances of this relationship a bit more can also strengthen the health of rela-
fully present here. Sometimes I would practical. However, the main change tionship. It is important to mourn the
choose FaceTiming my partner over which is making my current LDR distance between two people; these
hanging out with my friends, having more successful than my last is my relationships are by no means ideal.
dinner with my roommate or visiting outlook. Rather than counting all the But they offer beautiful silver linings.
office hours with my professors. In an reasons why I’m sad to be separated, More people should view long dis-
entirely new place, surrounded by to- I’m counting the benefits of having tance with optimism because there is
ESTABLISHED 1871 tally unfamiliar faces, it was comfort- some distance between us. Instead of so much to be gained from time away
ing to have 24/7 unconditional sup- dreading the months we are going to from someone who you love whole- 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 port. But, at the same time, it limited be apart, I am welcoming them with heartedly. In the end, it makes being
how I participated in life here. excitement. together that much better.
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Friday, April 5, 2019 OPINION 15

We’re all in this together on its own volition, then the but it would be so easy to rep- academic rapport replicates
administration would have licate. We can do this again as itself in our social lives. Just
Say It Like It Is done its job. The Offer of a student-led program. as non-athletes go to sports
by Nate DeMoranville
the College would have been And already students are games, so too do athletes go
realized. putting on events that bring to non-athletic events. Art
In September of 2018, I This is, of course, not the the campus together. In a and Color at Reed House, for
wrote an article about why case in our current socio- couple of weeks there will be example, is a collaboration
the black kids sit together in political climate, but what Ivies, which the Entertain- with the African American
the classroom. I argued for would this campus look like ment Board organizes every Society and will bring people
academic reform to engage if students really did come year, and the weekend after is of all demographics to Boody LLAM
students across difference. together to engage across the Spring Gala (all thanks to Street.
Crucially, my conclusion was difference? And what steps Jenna Scott ’19). In the mean- The College Houses pro-
this: “when we as students can we take as students to in- time, there are, of course, vide a unique opportunity for It is our
present ourselves as a unified clude everyone in all parts of athletic contests. Every Satur- us to come together on a mi- responsibil-
front to the administration, campus life? day, you can count on a home croscale. We all use them. Art ity to make
how can they tell us that this As much as I disparage di- game in at least one sport, and Color is one of my favorite this campus
system works?” vision on campus, there are and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll events, but ask another stu- more inclusive.
Student activism was only so many moments where I host another championship. dent and maybe it’s Cold War. I’ve spent junior
one part of my proposed feel connected to the student As women’s basketball and Or Macoween. Someone else year going to differ-
solution to self-segregation. body. My favorite moment volleyball have shown, these might even say it’s their team’s ent events, meeting
The student body would this year was the Food Truck events also bring people to- mixer. The details don’t matter new people and get-
hypothetically come together Night, which took place in lieu gether. as much as the fact that these ting outside of my
to demand reform from the of Pub Night. Lines stretched The beauty of a liberal Houses bring diverse groups comfort zone. This
administration, who would all across Dudley Coe Quad, arts education at Bowdoin into the same space. We can may be a stretch,
then radically revolutionize and similar to the Lobster is the ability to specialize in capitalize on this momentum but I think we
Bowdoin College. But there’s Bake, it was a fresh forum to one area of study but find re- with more collaborative pro- can unite the
a contradiction to this logic. connect with old friends but spect and support from other gramming. When we work campus if we focus
If the entire student body also make new ones. Student students in different fields together, wonderful things can on the individual.
were able to come together Activities planned the event, of study. Increasingly, this happen. Let’s get to work.

Do I belong here? Questioning Bowdoin’s meritocracy

officials, high school admin- son have an advantage, often genuine enthusiasms of intel-
by Patrick Bloniaz istrators and politicians came an unfair advantage, if they lect and rigor, there seems to
Op-Ed Contributor
on air, one after another, fairly earned their position? be no conceivable reason for
“You all belong here.” It to condemn the actions Perhaps I stand alone here in acceptance or denial in this
was a statement repeated over of those pleading guilty questioning my place, but I case beyond luck or circum-
and over again as the class of to the federal charges an- cannot seem to point to any stance. They seemed like they
2022 filled the seats of Mor- nounced in Boston; each reason why I am here at this belong here. How can a sys-
rell Gymnasium on August interviewee feverishly called school based on merit alone. tem truly make a merit-based
25, 2018. As various faculty for a return to a more mer- I acknowledge that schools decision with such nuanced
speakers made their way to itocratic system wherein stu- providing privileged oppor- differences between people?
the podium to offer welcom- dents are given the admission tunities have strict standards What’s worse is this arbitrary
ing remarks to the incoming acceptances they rightfully for admittance, by definition, nature of selective admittance
class, I remember a feeling deserve. but I wonder if this is a system assumes that everyone has an
of exhaustion as students fi- This concept of meritoc- that should be left behind. even playing field; it is shock-
nally allowed ourselves to sit racy—a society or institution With the release of Bowdo- ing to even look briefly at how
back into our chairs to relax. that selects or rewards people in’s 2023 acceptance letters, I systems of prejudice skew this
Once again, we were being re- on the basis of their demon- remember the dozens of in- process beyond any reconcil-
minded that our fight through strated ability alone—ap- credibly talented and unique able point.
the arduous college process pears to be built into the very prospective students who I believe the idea of meri-
had come to an end—our blood that pumps through have come and gone from tocracy is eerily reminiscent
had efforts paid off, earning Bowdoin, and I cannot help the floor of my dorm, and I of a distant form of Social
us the privilege of roaming but think it a strange sight wonder what could possibly Darwinism and an example
across the quad and under the to see. Students are praised differentiate each applicant. can be seen clearly in the 8.9
branches of Bowdoin’s famous for the work that got them They were students whose percent acceptance rate. Who
whispering pines as a fresh- here, making them stand out academic achievements were are we leaving behind based
furred Polar Bear. among peers, setting perfec- all so near perfection that you on a judgment call? I encour-
Within those remarks, a tion as the standard. Every would expect them to earn a age people to consider this
prophetic narrative could student here is exceptional, spot at any school on academ- notion, particularly as they
be pieced together, little by speaker said, lean- ULLAM but do they really belong ic merit alone. From here, we look to life beyond Bowdo-
little: one of the heavy work- ing forward, “through here? might look to the humanistic in: awarding based on merit
loads, late nights and difficult all those moments, remember path than, I think, originally The idea of a “privileged features that align with the seems like an obvious way to
conversations that students that you belong here.” These intended. education” and a “person mission of the College to dif- value people, but toxic im-
would inevitably take on in words have resonated with When news broke of the re- earning their spot” among the ferentiate students. Talking plications aren’t far away, no
their pursuit of an intellec- me more than I thought they cent college admissions scan- student body at a top-ranked with them about their dreams matter the direction we turn.
tually rigorous education. would at the time and have dal, I found myself listening college seems to be a contra- of furthering the Common Patrick Bloniasz is a mem-
“But make no mistake,” one taken me on a much different to all the media noise. College diction to me. How can a per- Good and participating in ber of the Class of 2022.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Last week’s response:

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Answer at Based on answers from 174 responses.
16 Friday, April 5, 2019

He Said/She Said: Writing with Sources
Director of Writing and Rhetoric Meredith McCarroll and
Student Writing Assistants will give tips on how to properly
cite sources and avoid plagiarism.
117 Sills Hall. 11:45 a.m.

20th Anniversary Delta Sigma/Delta
Upsilon Art Show Reception
A team of three art professionals will judge student pieces
at the 20th annual Delta Sigma/Delta Upsilon Art Show
Reception. The event will include an a capella performance
as well as hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
Lamarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Student Union. 7 p.m.


SnugHouse A LATKE FUN: Hannah Schleifer ’20 and Zoe Aarons ’19 scoop up some latkes at Bowdoin Hillel’s Latke and Hamantaschen Debate in Hubbard Hall. This year, Professor of
English and Cinema Studies Aviva Brefel defended hamantaschen and Associate Professor of History David Hecht defended the latke while Senior Lecturer in Environmental
Burnett House will host SnugHouse, a Portland-based Studies Jill Pearlman moderated the debate.
indie-folk group which includes Nikhil Dasgupta ’16 and Sam
Kyzivat ’18.
Burnett House. 9 p.m.

“What Russia Wants, and What it Who are the Gilets Jaunes, and what’s
Means for America” happening in France?
SATURDAY 6 Esteemed writer and U.S.-Russia Relations expert Julia Ioffe
will discuss Russia’s intentions in manipulating American
Assistant Professor of History Salar Mohandesi, Andrew
W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Francophone Studies
Madeline Bedecarré and Associate Professor of History
EVENT politics and democracy. Ioffe is currently a contributing writer
for “The Atlantic” and is the author of an upcoming book Meghan Roberts will host an informal discussion and Q&A
Passamaquoddy Basket Weaving titled “Russia Girl.” about current social unrest in France pertaining to the Gilets
Renowned Passamaquoddy Basket Weaver Molly Jeanette
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Jaunes or Yellow Vest Movement.
Parker will demonstrate the art of basket making and teach
History Common Room, Adams Hall. 7p.m.
students about its importance in Native American culture.
Parker is known for her role in reviving the practice of
Wabanaki basket weaving in Maine. The Courtship of Nelson and Winnie
30 College Street. 10 a.m. Mandela: The Dizzying Quest to Live
Exemplary Lives
PERFORMANCE Professor of African Studies at Oxford and current Visiting
Battle of the Bands
A collection of student bands will perform for a panel of
judges who will select this year’s Ivies student opener.
Professor in African Politics at Yale Jonny Steinberg will
discuss details and misperceptions surrounding the relation-
ship of Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill, David Saul Smith Union. 8:30 p.m. Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. DISCUSSION
A Conversation with Lisa Ko
As a part of the scheduled programming for Asian Heritage
Month, author Lisa Ko will speak to students about her
career and award-winning novel “The Leavers.” A book
signing in Howell House will follow the talk.

SUNDAY 7 TUESDAY 9 Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.

EVENT LECTURE “What Do Puzzles Teach Us?”
Bowdoin College Concert Band “An Outlook on Washington” William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer
Professor of Music at the University of Maine Jack Burt will Corporate lobbyist and Congressional Committee Science at Dartmouth College Peter Winkler will present the
perform classical pieces on the trumpet and Professor of Investigative Counsel Member Sophia Nelson will speak on Dan E. Christie Mathematics Lecture on the challenging and
Composition at the University of Southern California Frank the current political sphere. Nelson is a published author and entertaining nature of mathematical puzzles. Winkler has
Ticheli will perform “American Elegy,” a 20th anniversary has also served as a White House reporter and columnist for written more than a hundred research papers and holds more
tribute to the Columbine High School massacre. several major magazines. than a dozen patents in an array of academic fields.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium. 2 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. 315 Searles Science Building. 7:30 p.m.

12 EVENT 13 14 15 EVENT 16 EVENT 17 18 EVENT

An Evening with Alcohol Screening An Evening with

Let’s Get a Meal Governor John Comedian Fumi
Kasich Abe